9:00 AM, 29th June 2012, About 9 years ago 13
Council Tax can be a deciding factor to some tenants. When you rent out a property, tenants often ask what the council tax band is. They also want to know much they will have to pay.
There can be a big difference between say a Band A, or Band D property.
There are a couple of useful tools that you can use to quickly find out what the Council tax be will be;
Try these on your own home now (you also find out your neighbours bands!).
The iphone/Android App will also tell you the monthly amount to pay. A good tip is to list the council tax band on rental listings, particularly for low banded properties.
Also remember to tell tenants that if they are a sole occupier, they will quality for a 25% reduction on the annual rate.
Finally, remember that as soon as a tenant leaves your house, contact your council to confirm that it is now vacant and awaiting repair works before re-letting. Most councils will exempt you from having to pay council tax for 6 months saving you hundreds of pounds!
Of course as soon as a new tenant moves in, make sure that you notify the council (and other utility providers). Do not rely on the tenant! They often “forget” leaving you with massive bills once they have left. It can be hard to remember who you need to update, but thankfully our systems are designed to do this automatically.
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