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How much is council tax in London?

This article provides useful links to all London councils for new residents; highlighting council tax rates for 2014/15. The purpose of council tax is to contribute towards useful local services that keep our streets safe and clean, such as policing and domestic rubbish collection.

How much is council tax in London?

Council tax applies to all domestic properties in London and elsewhere in the UK, including houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes and houseboats, regardless of whether they are rented or owned outright.

What is my council tax band in London?

The Valuation Office Agency, a division of the Inland Revenue, determines the valuation band for each property. In England, properties are placed into one of eight bands, based on their capital value on 1 April 1991 – not what the property is worth today.
 
Each borough council in London differs in the amount of council tax you pay. This is dependent on the costs for services within each individual area.
 
Below is a list of all London councils and their council tax rates for 2014/15. Find the borough you will be living in after you complete your house move to London so you can calculate your monthly council tax payments.

London Boroughs

Barking and Dagenham: 
https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/council-tax/
 
Barnet: 
https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/council-tax-and-benefits/council-tax.html
 
Bexley: 
http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=755&p=0

Brent: 
http://www.brent.gov.uk/media/1535214/Council%20tax%20information%20leaflet.pdf
 
Bromley:
http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax/255/council_tax_201415
 
Camden:
http://camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/council-tax/
 
City of London:
http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/housing-and-council-tax/council-tax/Pages/default.aspx
 
Croydon:
https://www.croydon.gov.uk/advice/counciltax/council-tax-bands-and-charges
 
Ealing:
http://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax/677/bands
 
Enfield:
https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/council-tax/

Greenwich:
http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/1010/council_tax-charges/440/how_much_council_tax_will_i_have_to_pay

Hackney:
http://www.hackney.gov.uk/f-council-tax-charges.htm

Hammersmith and Fulham:
http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Advice_and_Benefits/Council_tax/homepage.asp
 
Haringey: 
http://www.haringey.gov.uk/advice-tax-and-benefits/council-tax/bands-and-charges
 
Harrow:
http://www.harrow.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax
 
Havering:
http://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Council-Tax-charges.aspx
 
Hillingdon:
http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/6352/Council-tax-bands
 
Hounslow:
http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/council_tax_2014.pdf

Islington:
http://www.islington.gov.uk/publicrecords/library/Finance/Information/Advice-and-information/2013-2014/%282014-03-06%29-Council-tax-booklet-2014-15.pdf

Kensington and Chelsea:
http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/pdf/RBKC%2038PP%20WEB%20BOOKLET%202014-15.pdf
 
Kingston:
http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200297/council_tax/95/charges_and_property_bands_for_council_tax
 
Lambeth:
http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/council-tax/council-tax-bands-and-rates-guide
 
Lewisham:
http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/counciltax/bands-and-charges/Pages/default.aspx
 
Merton:
http://www.merton.gov.uk/advice-benefits/counciltax/charge.htm
 
Newham:
http://www.newham.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Council-tax-annual-notification.aspx
 
Redbridge:
http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/council_tax_benefits_housing/council_tax/council_tax_banding.aspx
 
Richmond:
http://www.richmond.gov.uk/council_tax_business_rates_guide.pdf
 
Southwark:
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax/186/council_tax_bandings
 
Tower Hamlets:
http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/council_and_democracy/council_tax/council_tax.aspx
 
Waltham Forest:
http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Council-tax-band-reductions.aspx?l1=100001&l2=200028
 
Wandsworth:
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200262/council_tax_charge/5/how_much_is_council_tax
 
Westminster:
http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/docstores/publications_store/Ctax%20A-Z%202014-15.pdf

Council tax discounts

There are a number of discounts available for council tax. A ‘full’ council tax bill is based on the property being inhabited by a minimum of two adults. Properties occupied by a single person will be eligible for a single person reduction of 25 per cent.
 
If a property remains furnished but is not the primary residence of any individual then a second home discount may apply reduction at the discretion of each individual council.
 
If you are a household of full-time students, you don’t need to pay council tax. However, even one working member of the household invalidates this discount.

How to apply for a council tax reduction

If you believe you are eligible for a discount, exemption or reduction on your council tax then it is important to get in touch with your local council as soon as possible.
 
Use the links to each London council above to find contact details for your relevant region.
 
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