Council tax appeals
To appeal against the banding of your property you should write to the listing officer (not to the council):
You will need to state:
- your name and address
- your interest in the dwelling (eg owner or tenant)
- why you believe the list is wrong and how it should be altered
Normally, you can only appeal if you are:
- the person liable to pay the council tax
- the person who would be liable if the dwelling were not exempt
- the owner of the dwelling
If the listing officer agrees with your proposals, he/she will alter the valuation list and the council will be required to revise your council tax bill and adjust your payments if necessary.
If the listing officer does not agree with your proposed alteration, if you cannot agree on an alternative one, or if no decision has been made at the end of six months, the listing officer must refer your proposal to a valuation tribunal as a formal appeal.
The appeal process has been designed to be a simple and straightforward as possible. You do not need to employ an estate agent, solicitor, surveyor or any other person to help with your proposal. You may do so, however, if you wish and feel it would be helpful.
If the listing officer believes that a proposal has not been made correctly, he/she may reject the proposal as invalid. If you disagree with such a decision, you will be able to appeal to the valuation tribunal direct.
Making an appeal does not allow you to stop paying your council tax, you should continue to pay your bill while your appeal is outstanding. There is no appeal against the amounts of council tax set by the council each year.