Council tax is collected by your local council to pay for services in your community. Every property is put into a council tax band between A and H, based on its size, location, and a few other factors. Over all, your council tax will based on the property's market value, so if your house hunting in a wealthier area or for a big property chances are your council tax bill will be higher. Council Tax is likely to be the next biggest sum you pay after your rent, so knowing how much you can expect to pay is very important.
We created this calculator to help you figure out how much council tax you will have to pay for your current or next flat. If you are not sure about the postcode, you can fill the form with the postcode of a nearby coffee or restaurant. Feel free to contact us if you're experiencing any issues with our calculator.
Your council tax is spent on a variety of services designed to help you and your local community, so
you have a right to know why you pay council tax, how your council tax band is calculated, and who in your household has to pay.
Originally community charge or "poll tax" bands were calculated using the rental value of your home,
these days however, the Council tax system used in Britain places properties in bands based on market value, but this has its drawbacks.
At the advent of the Council Tax launch in 1991, revaluing property bands based on a new criteria in all three nations was a big job, so many councils outsourced this task to estate agents to speed up the process. These rushed valuations were notoriously inaccurate and ill-informed, with many properties ending up in entirely the wrong Council Tax band. Today a large number of properties remain in the wrong band, unbeknownst to tenants and homeowners.
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For everyone, council tax is a burden, but there is a way you might be able reduce the cost.
If you think you might be in the wrong council tax band, its possible to change your band, save hundreds of pounds each year, and even get some money back on all of your previous payments. This will normally require you do do some basic checks to get a better understanding of your property's market value.
For tips on how to check if your'e in the wrong band and advice on getting a property reassessment visit this page on MoneySavingExpert.com.
Another way you might be able to pay less for your Council Tax is if you are exempt. Most over 18s who rent or own a home have to pay, but if you qualify as any of the following, you make qualify for an exemption or reduction of your Council Tax:
You may also be entitled to a 25% discount if you live alone, or if no one else in your home qualifies as an adult. If nobody living in your home is qualified as an adult you may be eligible for a reduction of up to 50%.
More information on council tax discounts on metro.co.uk.
Your Council Tax can be estimated based on two key criteria: band and borough. Below we've collated the cost of each band in every London borough so you don't have to. If you're searching for a property and still deciding between locations, your council tax cost might be the deciding factor in your final decision, so getting an idea of what you might have to pay can save you a lot of time.