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Council Tax Bands and Charges
The council tax you pay depends on the value of the property in April 1991, as set by the Government's Valuation Office Agency (VOA) not the council.
Every property is in one of eight valuation bands (A to H). The amount of council tax payable for each dwelling is calculated with reference to the eight valuation bands.
Find your council tax band
If you feel the banding of your property is incorrect, you can appeal directly to the Valuation Office Agency to review your band. Please visit the council tax appeals section of the GOV.UK website (external link) or download the Valuation Office Agencies publication 'What to do if you disagree with your Council Tax banding' (PDF 269KB) for further information as to who can appeal the banding of a property and when.
There are companies that offer to appeal the banding of your property on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, however if they are successful in reducing your council tax band, they receive 30% of any refund issued by the council due to the reduction. We are aware of a company canvassing in the area and would advise residents to contact the Valuation Office Agency (website - external link) directly should you wish to lodge an appeal.
Please be aware that if a valid appeal is made and the Valuation Office Agency investigate the band of your property, there are 3 possible outcomes:
- The band of your property is deemed high and is reduced retrospectively to the date you became liable for council tax
- The band of your property is deemed correct and remains the same
- The band of your property is deemed low and will be increased.
Since 1 April 2013 the Government has provided local councils with a discretionary power to charge a premium on properties which have been empty and unfurnished for two years or more.
From 1 April 2019 Haringey have set a premium of 100% which means properties that have been empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) for more than 2 years will be subject to a 200% council tax charge.
Some properties are exempt from the empty home premium and will continue to be charged council tax at a rate of 100%. These are:
- A property which would be the sole or main residence of a person but which is empty while that person resides in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence by reason of their employment i.e. service personnel posted away from home.
- An annexe in a property which is being used as part of the main residence or dwelling in that property.
Please be aware that there is no right of appeal against the level of the premium either within the council or to any independent body as this is a matter of council policy which is allowed under council tax regulations.
As part of Council Tax legislation for 2017/18 local authorities are able to charge 6% in Adult Social Care precept between 2017 - 2020. Providing local adult social care services costs almost £78 million each year and this precept generates around £3 million.
The Adult Social Care precept has not increased in 2019/20. More details can be found in the latest council tax guide.
Our Council Tax Guide contains information about each of the amounts that make up the full council tax charge.
Value of property in April 1991
Greater London Authority (GLA)
|Adult Social Care Precept|
Full Council Tax Charge
£40,000 or less
£40,001 to £52,000
£52,001 to £68,000
£68,001 to £88,000
£88,001 to £120,000
£120,001 to £160,000
£160,001 to £320,000
If you would like to see the council tax charges for previous years, please see the council tax guides below.
- Council Tax Guide 2019 - 2020 (PDF, 253KB)
- Council Tax Guide 2018 - 2019 (PDF, 857KB)
- Council Tax Guide 2017 - 2018 (PDF, 268KB)
- Council Tax Guide 2016 - 2017 (PDF, 342KB)
- Council Tax Guide 2015 - 2016 (PDF, 641KB)
- Council Tax Guide 2014 - 2015 (PDF, 3MB)
- Council Tax Guide 2013 - 2014 (PDF, 486KB)
- Council Tax Guide 2012 - 2013 (PDF, 2MB)
- Council Tax Guide 2011 - 2012 (PDF, 2MB)
- Council Tax Guide 2010 - 2011 (PDF, 2MB)
- Council Tax Guide 2009 - 2010 (PDF, 407KB)
- Council Tax and Business Rates for 2008 - 2009 (PDF, 411KB)
- Council Tax and Business Rates for 2007 - 2008 (PDF, 477KB)
- Council Tax and Business Rates for 2006 - 2007 (PDF, 1MB)
- Council tax and Business Rates for 2005 - 2006 (PDF, 707KB)