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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Service Leavers and Home Owners - Understanding Council Tax

While you are living in Service Families Accommodation you are exempt from paying Council Tax but instead you pay CILOCT (Contribution In Lieu Of Council Tax) which is shown on your pay statement.
When you move out of SFA and into your own home or rented property you will need to register with the local council to pay the correct rate of council tax for that property.
When you enter your postcode online you can find out what Council tax band your house is in and how much your local council charges for that band.
The valuation bands for your home in England and Scotland are based on the price a property would have achieved if it had been sold on the open market on 1 April 1991. In Wales assessments are based on the value of property on 1 April 2003.
A Council Tax bill tells you:
How much you have to pay for the year
How that amount has been worked out
The dates you have to pay