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Council Tax charges and bands

The amount of Council Tax you pay depends on:

  • the Council Tax band of your property
  • the number of residents living in your property, and
  • whether you qualify for Council Tax Support (a means-tested benefit which helps to pay your Council Tax).
Each domestic property (such as a house, flat or bungalow) is placed in a Council Tax band by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Council Tax bands are a range of property values which range from A to H. These bands are not based on today’s house prices, but on what the property might have sold for on 1 April 1991.

You can find out which band any property is in under Top Tasks or by using the external link Valuation Office Agency Council Tax information

Council Tax charges for 2014-2015 for Leeds can be found in the Documents section on this page.

Who has to pay Council Tax?
Council Tax regulations set out how to work out who is responsible for the Council Tax on a property. For further information see the document in the Documents section.

Properties exempt from Council Tax
Some properties are exempt from Council Tax so there is nothing to pay at all. For more information.see the related pages Exemptions for occupied properties or Exemptions for unoccupied properties.

Empty Properties
For more information please see the related page Empty properties and the Council Tax.

Rented Properties
If you rent your home, or are a landlord, there is more information on the related pages Rented properties and the Council Tax and Council Tax Information for Landlords. ​

How does the number of residents affect your Council Tax?

Full Council Tax is payable if there are two or more residents in a property. A 'resident' is someone who has their sole or main residence in the property – for more information see the related page How your sole or main residence affects your Council Tax'. If there is only one resident, a 25% 'single person discount' applies - to claim this please see the related page 'Single Person Discount'.

Some people are not counted when working out the number of residents (for example, full-time students), so a 25% or 50% discount may apply even if there are two or more residents. See the document ’Work out number of residents' in the Documents section and the related page Applying for a reduction in Council Tax for more information.

How do I register for or cancel my Council Tax?

If you are moving into or within Leeds why not look at the related page Moving into Leeds for actions you'll be needing or wanting to take. If you want to tell us about a change of address please use the online form Report a change of address under Top Tasks - this will ensure you give us all the information we need to update our records. You can also 'cancel' your Council Tax using this form if you have vacated the area and are no longer liable to pay in Leeds. ​

What if I think my bill is wrong or I’m not the person who should be charged?

You can email us using the form under 'Contact us' on this page - please include your account number and/or address. You may find it helpful to read the document 'Appeals against Council Tax liability' in the Documents section before you contact us.

Appealing against a Council Tax Band

​​​Each domestic property (such as a house, flat or bungalow) is placed in a Council Tax band by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Leeds City Council cannot change your band. You can make an appeal to the VOA in the following circumstances:

•Within 6 months of becoming the council tax payer, as long as the previous payer did not appeal;
•Where part of the property stops or starts being used for carrying out a business;
•Where the band is changed by the Valuation Office;
•Where there has been a ‘material reduction’ in the value of the property, for example, part of the property has been demolished, or the physical state of the local area has changed, or the property has been adapted for a person with a physical disability.

If the above circumstances do not apply, you can still ask the VOA to review your band if you feel a mistake was made when the property was originally banded. In all circumstances to appeal against your Council tax band you must write to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Their address is:

Valuation Office Agency
Council Tax (North)
Earle House
Colonial Street
Hull
HU2 8JN
Tel: 03000 501 501​

Why do I pay more Council Tax than my neighbour/friend/relative?

There are a number of reasons why you may have different amounts to pay:

-your property’s band may be higher
-they may be receiving a discount or reduction for disabilities
-they may have been granted Second Adult Rebate or Council Tax Support
-they may have moved in part way through the financial year so they are not paying for the full year.

Because of the Data Protection Act we cannot discuss someone else's bill with you.​

Second homes or properties and the Council Tax

For further information please see the related page Second homes or properties and the Council Tax in the related pages section.

How can I find out what my Council Tax pays for?

You will find more information in the booklet 'Financial Information 2014-15' which can be found in the Documents section of this page.

Why do I have to pay full Council Tax when I am not using any/all of the council's services?

The amount of Council Tax payable is not affected by how many services a householder receives; it is a contribution towards the cost of all the council’s services, including Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, education, highways, street lighting, waste disposal, parks, sports centres, libraries etc., and also towards the police, fire and rescue services and public transport.

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