Greenwich

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:

  • married
  • 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.

Exemptions

Certain properties are exempt from paying Council Tax, for example, properties occupied entirely by students.

Check if your property is entitled to an exemption

Empty properties are not entitled to exemptions.

Discounts

You'll usually get a discount if you live on your own in a property. This is known as a single person's discount.

Check if you're entitled to a 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.