We set council tax annually. It is paid by the residents of Hounslow to help finance the authority’s many services, including schools, libraries, social services and also the police and fire brigade.
For details of the our budgetary requirements for the year ahead, download the all you need to know leaflet from this page.
Most homes are subject to council tax. There is one bill per home, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. This tax was introduced in April 1993.
Council tax is a property tax based on the classification of all domestic properties into one of eight capital value bands (based on the property's value as at 1 April 1991). Each home will have been classified into one of these eight bands, A to H, as follows:
Range of valuation
Up to and include £40,000
£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
More than £320,000
Your council band still states which band applies to your home. You can double-check which band your property is in via the Valuation Office Agency website.
The grounds for appeal about banding are restricted to the following cases:
Where you believe that the banding should be changed because there has been a material increase or material reduction (this is explained below)
Where you start or stop using part of your dwelling to carry out a business, or the balance between domestic and business use changes
Where the Listing officer has altered a list without a proposal having been made by the taxpayer
Where you become the taxpayer in respect of a dwelling for the first time. (Your appeal must be made within six months, but if the same appeal has already been considered and determined by a Valuation Tribunal, it cannot be made again)
A material increase in value may result from building, engineering, or other work carried out on the dwelling. In these cases, revaluation does not take place until after a sale, so the person appealing would usually be the new owner or resident.
A material reduction in value may result from the demolition of any part of the dwelling , any change in the physical state of the local area or an adaptation to the dwelling suitable for use by someone with a physical disability. In these cases revaluation should take place as soon as possible.
To appeal against your banding please write to:
Harrow Valuation Office
Tel: 020 8276 2800