Council Tax demand notice explanatory notes

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Council Tax valuation bands

There are eight Council Tax bands, which are based on its open market value at 1 April 1991.

More information is available at Council Tax bands.

Appealing your band

You can only appeal your band in certain circumstances. Detailed criteria of how to appeal can be found on the Valuation Office Agency website.

Premiums for empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) dwellings

From 1 April 2019, if your property has been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years an additional charge will be levied on top of your normal Council Tax charge.

More information is available at Empty properties and Empty Property Premium.

Discounts

There are no discounts if your property is left unoccupied and unfurnished for any period of time. The full Council Tax bill assumes there are two adults in a dwelling. If only one adult lives in a dwelling (as their main home), you may apply for a reduction to be applied equal to 25% of the full Council Tax bill. Please visit Discounts and financial support for more details of who has entitlement and to apply.

Note: You must tell the Council Tax Department of any change of circumstances which affects your entitlement to that discount. If you fail to do so you may be required to pay a penalty and/or be subject to prosecution.

Instalments

If you wish to apply to pay over twelve instalments to reduce your monthly payments, please email your request to bexley.ctax@secure.capita.co.uk

Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS)

From 1 April 2019, the Bexley CTRS for the working age changed. The CTRS is income banded; which means that the income of the person claiming (and their partner if they have one) is compared to the table of bands in order to award the appropriate percentage reduction to the Council Tax account.

The full regulations are outlined in more detail at Council Tax Reduction Scheme.