See how much Council Tax you must pay
If you live in, or own, property in Barnet you must pay Council Tax to help fund local services. Part of it goes to the Greater London Authority to pay for police and fire authorities. Business properties are subject to business rates and not Council Tax.
There is one Council Tax bill for each home, whether owned or rented. The bill is based on the how much the property was worth on 1 April 1991. This valuation determines what Council Tax band your home is in. You can find more information about these valuations on the Gov.uk website.
The amount of Council Tax you have to pay is based on this valuation and any discounts you should get.
Discounts and exemptions
You can get money off your bill, up to 100%, if:
- you live on your own
- you or the people you live with are not counted as adults
- you are a full time student
- you have mental or physical disabilities
- you get benefits
There are some situations, known as exemptions, where you do not have to pay Council Tax on a property.
Empty home premium
If your property has been vacant for over two years, you might have to pay 50% more Council Tax. This is known as the Empty Home Premium
Any homes that have been empty and unfurnished for more than two years will be charged one and a half times their normal Council Tax rate. A 50 per cent premium came into effect on 1 April 2013.
There are some exceptions to this:
- Where the property has been left unoccupied because the owner is required contractually to live elsewhere in England or Wales because of their job and they pay Council Tax at that address they will only pay 50 per cent of the full charge
- Where a property has been left unoccupied and is an annex to another property which is being used as the sole or main residence of the owner, they will not have to pay the 50 per cent premium if the property has been empty for more than two years.