When do you start paying council tax after buying a house?

A question a lot of home buyers have is about when they will need to start paying council tax after buying a house. Immediately after buying a house you will become liable for the council tax. You will usually not have any council tax to pay if you have just moved into the home and can call the local authority to get a full discount. You may also be eligible for a full discount if the home has been empty for up to 6 months but this discount seems to be discretionary and most local councils will instead give you a 10% discount or so.

When you contact the local authority to see when you have to start paying council tax you can ask to have an exemption form and the electoral roll form sent to you so you can register your new address. This will ensure it gets recorded on your credit score.

John Bate

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.