You’re moving home and need to update your address with your local council.
As you know, it’s important that you complete your council tax change of address. If you’re moving out of your current jurisdiction you will need to setup your council tax with your new council and let your previous council know you’ve moved.
We’ll help you update your address with both your new and previous council online in minutes. This will help make sure you don’t receive any incorrect charges.
Since you’re moving, we will also cover how you can update your address across other essential institutions and companies (HMRC, Student Loan, NS&I, Energy, Water Supplier etc…)
Firstly, we’ll explore a quick, safe and hassle-free way of getting all of those services updated.
Let’s jump straight in.
Tell everyone that you’re changing address in minutes.
At the click of a button we’ll update your address across all of your chosen accounts, at the same time in one place. We’ll update your address with your new council and previous council automatically. You can also update your address on the electoral roll, HMRC, your water & sewerage provider and others you select at the same time. You can do this yourself manually if you prefer (see below) or use our hassle-busting service to save hours of time.
Select who needs to know you're moving - Council, Water, HMRC etc..
Enter your previous address, new address and the date you moved home
Click submit and we'll update your address with accounts automatically
Our sloths will save you the time and hassle of organising all of the updates by taking care of everything in one place 🦥
Once you click submit we’ll update your address with your new (and previous) council and any other institutions or companies you selected. You won’t need to do anything further, so you can kick-back, relax and spend your time doing something else.
If you’d prefer to update just your electoral roll manually, you can call your new and previous councils Mon-Fri 9-5. SlothMove will find, update & setup this for you automatically, and if you want to call them you can find their numbers here.
You can setup & update your council tax online using SlothMove. SlothMove’s home setup service will identify you new and previous council and enable you to let them know you’re moving, closing down and setting up the appropriate council.
Our hassle-busting service takes less than 3 minutes to complete and you’ll be able to get back to enjoying your home move whilst we take care of your council tax change of address and more.
Now we’ve covered how to complete your Council Tax change of address we’ll coer these questions in more detail:
As we know, updating your councils with your address change is important. Not only does it keep your records up-to-date, it will prevent erroneous council tax charges and much more.
If you’d like to save time, the simplest way to notify council tax about your change of address is to use SlothMove’s home setup service. To notify a council tax change of address:
Once you click submit SlothMove will let your new and previous council know about your move – easy peasy 😎
Council Tax Fact: There are over 339 Councils within the UK
Most people aren’t actually aware of what their council tax band is. So, if you’re wondering ‘what is my council tax band’ we’ll help you find out right now.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that your Council Tax Band (the amount you pay) can change from property and area. Council tax bands are based off the value of your property as of 1st April 1991. Here is an example banding you may find helpful
Gov.UK has a service in which you can check your counil tax banding by entering a postcode. If you’re unsure what yours is you can check it our here.
If you want to understand how much Council Tax you need to pay you must first understand the value of your property as of April 1st 1991. Once you understand that, we can answer the question to: how much is my council tax?
Your Council Tax banding will differ slightly from area to area, but here are some general numbers to give you an idea.
The Council Tax bandings for 2020/2021 are set by each individual council. Here is a link to see what your specific banding will be. The new charging methodologies for bandings is usually released in April of each year, and here is an example which you may see below:
|A||Up to and including £40,000||£1,321.42|
|B||£40,001 – £52,000||£1,541.65|
|C||£52,001 – £68,000||£1,761.88|
|D||£68,001 – £88,000||£1,982.11|
|E||£88,001 – £120,000||£2,422.58|
|F||£120,001 – £160,000||£2,863.04|
|G||£160,001 – £320,000||£3,303.53|
What should you do if you think your Council Tax is wrong? If you think your Council Tax Band is incorrect, don’t worry!
You can get in touch with the Valuation Office Agency. The Valuation Office Agency are the people who can help if you think your Council Tax is wrong or incorrect. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) provides the Government with property advice and valuations that is needed to support taxation and benefits.
If you think your council tax is too much, you still need to continue to pay it until your appeal is accepted.
How do I get a Council Tax Refund? It’s a great question and very important to know, especially since the average Council Tax bill is expensive, rising by over 5% in 2018 alone.
As we know, council tax must be paid if you are 18 years or older and are renting or owning a home.
Remember, in terms of a Council Tax Refund, you are eligible for a 25% discount on your council tax bill if you live alone, or are the only adult in the home. You might also be able to get a 50% discount if no one living in your home, including you, is an adult.
Furthermore, if the house is occupied be students you don’t have to pay any council tax at all. This also applies for rental properties. As always, make sure you communicate with your local council and explain your circumstances.
If you feel you are owed a refund on your Council Tax, the first thing you should do is get in touch with your Local Council. There is a large drive to push these interactions online, so f you check over their website you might find an email address which you can send over your query too. Ironically, this might mean that you are seen to quicker.
You might be eligible for a refund on your council tax if you’ve been overpaying.
A classic example of when this might apply is when you have lived alone but have been paying 100% of the council tax, and have not claimed your 25% discount. Of course, there are many scenarios in which the Council might owe you money – For instance if you were a house of students and paid, if you have over-paid, if your Council Tax banding is incorrect etc…
When it comes to getting your Council Tax refunded it’s important that you claim your council tax discount when you first move in, as this will save you time.
So, how will the Council give me my refund? If the council owes you a refund, they will typically reduce your proceeding payments rather than transfer you any money or write you a cheque.
So, let’s say that you’re owed £200 and you have 10 months left in that year (each year runs April to April), the local council will typically reduce your Direct Debt by £20 a month for 10 months. They have systems that complete this action and you will be informed by post.
It’s really important to complete a council tax change of address when moving – whether you move out of your current jurisdiction or not.
When you move your council tax band could change and so you could be paying more (or less) than you should be. On top of this, the council will be sending all of its correspondence to the wrong address which is data protection concern.
If you don’t update your councils that you’re leaving/joining in time you may have a moving home overlap in which you’re paying two sets of council tax at the same time.
So, when moving home you will need to inform your council that you’re moving. You used to have to contact them directly but you can now cut out the hassle with Slothmove.
You will need to know the move-in date or the date at which you moved in. To do a Council Tax change of address, simply click the button below.
If you’re staying within the same district, you will maintain your same DD. You should still call your local council to inform them of your address change if your council tax band is changing. If you’re moving out of your district to a different area, instead of having to contact both your former and new council for your moving dates you can use our online change of address form.
We have covered how to complete your Council Tax change of address online in a couple of clicks. We’ve also covered lots of other things like claiming refunds and understanding your banding. With our online change of address form you can cut your admin time drastically and update your address with all of your other companies and institutions also.