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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 2020/21.

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. 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.

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 2020/21. Find the borough you will be living in after you complete your move to London, so you can calculate your monthly council tax payments.

London Boroughs

Barking and Dagenham
 
Barnet
 
Bexley

Brent
 
Bromley
 
Camden
 
City of London
 
Croydon
 
Ealing
 
Enfield

Greenwich

Hackney

Hammersmith and Fulham
 
Haringey
 
Harrow
 
Havering
 
Hillingdon
 
Hounslow

Islington

Kensington and Chelsea 
 
Kingston
 
Lambeth
 
Lewisham
 
Merton
 
Newham
 
Redbridge
 
Richmond
 
Southwark
 
Tower Hamlets
 
Waltham Forest
 
Wandsworth
 
Westminster

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%.

If noone living in your home is legally coounted as an adult, you can get a discount of 50%. This includes:

  • Anyone under 18
  • 18-19 year olds in full time education
  • People on apprenticeship schemes
  • Full time university and college students.
  • Young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
  • Student Nurses
  • Foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • People with a severe mental impairment
  • Live-in carers who look after someone who is not their partner, spouse, or child under 18
  • Diplomats

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 everyone in your household is a full-time student, 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.
 
Updated: September 2021

 

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