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Who pays council tax?

Council Tax is a property-based charge with only one bill for each household.

Published: 16 February 2021

Last updated: 16 February 2021

Who has to pay council tax?

You could be liable to pay Council Tax for your home if you are one of the following:

  • resident and the owner
  • resident and a tenant
  • owner if the property is not someone's sole or main residence

The landlord is liable for the council tax on a house of multiple occupation. A dwelling is considered to be a house of multiple occupation for council tax purposes if the tenants occupy only part of the dwelling and share the facilities such as kitchen and/or bathroom.

People are jointly liable to pay if they are married, live together, joint owners or joint tenants.

How much do you need to pay?

The amount payable will depend on the value band that the property is placed into by the Valuation Office Agency of HMRC. You can find out the valuation band of a property by using this online tool. These explanatory notes are included with your Council Tax bill:

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Notes on council tax - 2020/21 PDF, 258.86 KB, 2 pages

Find out more about Your Council Tax and the Greater London Authority or this year's Budget information 2020-21:

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London Pensions Fund Levy

The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) raises a levy each year to meet expenditure on premature retirement compensation and outstanding personnel matters for which LPFA is responsible and cannot charge to the pension fund. These payments relate to former employees of the Greater London Council (GLC), the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) and the London Residuary Body (LRB).

For the financial year 2020/21, the income to be raised by levies is set out below. The Greater London Levy is payable in all boroughs, the Inner London Levy only Inner London Boroughs (including the City of London).

The figures below show the total to be raised and, in brackets, the percentage change on the previous year.

  • Inner London - £13,065,200
  • Greater London - £10,317,753
  • Total - £23,382,953 (0%)

Adult social care offer

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities ("Adult social care authorities" are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly).

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on it’s council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subjected to the approval of the House of Commons. This has occurred in relation to 2020-21.