Who pays council tax?
When you have to pay council tax
You only have to pay council tax if you're 18 or over and own or rent a home.
You're jointly liable for paying council tax if you're any of the following:
- not married but live together as man and wife
- joint owners or tenants.
You're not responsible for paying council tax if you're a landlord and your tenant doesn't pay their council tax.
If no one is living in the property, the owner of the property must pay the council tax.
Certain properties are exempt from paying council tax, for example, properties occupied entirely by students.
Empty properties are not entitled to exemptions.
You'll usually get a discount if you live on your own in a property. This is known as a single person's discount.
Appeal council tax liability
You can appeal if you don't believe you should be paying council tax. Write to:Council Tax
Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Woolwich Centre
35 Wellington Street
London, SE18 6HQ.
If your initial appeal is unsuccessful, you can make a further appeal to the Valuation Tribunal - you need to do this within two months of receipt of the council's decision.