If you’re the owner or leaseholder, you’re legally liable for Council Tax. The estimated value of your property determines which band your property is placed in. And that dictates how much you pay every year.
But there are exceptions. Not everyone has to pay their entire Council Tax bill. And some people don’t have to pay anything.
For example, you’ll get a 25% discount if you live on your own or alone with a child. You might be entitled to a 50% discount if there are no adults living in your property. And if everyone in the home is a student, there’s no Council Tax to pay.
The rollout of Council Tax back in 1993 was, at best, chaotic. The entire banding system was put together hurriedly by the UK Government because of the spectacular failure of the Community Tax — commonly referred to as the Poll Tax at the time.
As a result of this chaotic approach, many properties were misvalued and placed in the wrong band. If you believe your property falls into this category, you might be owed thousands of pounds. The only way to secure a Council Tax reband and recoup the money you’re owed is with a successful appeal to the VOA — backed up with a detailed evidence report from YourShed.
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