Band values

Band values are assessed by the Listing Officer of the Valuation Office Agency of the Inland Revenue, not by the Royal Borough.

The ‘band value’ of your home is based on the amount it might have fetched on the open market in April 1991. This is subject to a number of assumptions, including:

  • the sale would be with full vacant possession
  • houses would be sold freehold
  • flats would be sold with a 99 year lease
  • the property, and any common parts are in reasonable repair

As all valuations are based on the assumed market value as at 1 April 1991, any increase or decrease in value caused by fluctuations in the property market after this date will not affect them.


Amount payable

The Royal Borough’s Council Tax by band for the financial year 2013-14, (including all precepts and levies, except for those for garden squares) is:

Band Council Tax Range of values
A £714.43 up to and including £40,000
B £833.51 £40,001 to £52,000
C £952.57 £52,001 to £68,000
D £1,071.65 £68,001 to £88,000
E £1,309.79 £88,001 to £120,000
F £1,547.94 £120,001 to £160,000
G £1,786.08 £160,001 to £320,000
H £2,143.30 over £320,000

The Council will levy only three quarters of the Council Tax you will pay over the coming year to help fund local services, such as schools, housing, and social services. The remainder is charged by the Greater London Authority, through its precept, which helps pay for London-wide services such as policing.

Appealing against your Council Tax band

There are only limited circumstances where you can make an appeal against your Council Tax band, these include:

  • where there has been material increase or reduction in the value of your property
    this may result from building, engineering or other work carried out on the property (in these cases, revaluation does not take place until after the property is sold, so if a band is increased as a result, the person appealing against it would normally be the new owner or resident)
  • where all or part of the building has been demolished, or houses have been converted into flats or flats converted to houses
  • within six months of:
    a band change being made to your property by the Valuation Officer
    a band change to a similar property as a result of a Valuation Tribunal decision, or
    becoming a Council Tax payer for the property for the first time. However, if the same appeal has already been considered and determined by a Valuation Tribunal, it cannot be made again.

 

For further information about making an appeal, please contact the Valuation Officer:

You must continue to pay Council Tax until any appeal is decided. The bill will be adjusted if your appeal is successful.