This blog will cover the topic “Fareham council tax bands.” It will talk in detail about the specific procedure of council tax payment in the Fareham Borough council. It will cover all the council tax bands and their charges according to the Fareham Borough council.

Fareham council tax bands

The general division of council tax bands all across the United Kingdoms is into 8 Bands, from A to H, Band A being the lowest while Band H being the highest. The average Bands in the Fareham Council are Band B or C homes. The maximum council tax collected by the Fareham council is usually from Band C.

In order to determine which band your home in Fareham falls, you have an option to inspect the valuation list at the Civic Offices during normal working hours, or to check the website of the Valuation Office.

The Fareham Council tax charge was one of the lowest in the financial year 2021-22. Fareham had the 2nd lowest Council Tax in Hampshire and the 5th lowest Council Tax of all District Councils in England.

Fareham Borough Council

The Fareham Borough Council is a Shire district council in England, with approximately 50,910 residential properties under council tax, and about 3,155 commercial properties under Business rates.

Through its website, it offers a multitude of services to residents throughout the Borough. The council tax section of the Fareham Borough council website firstly defines that Council Tax is your contribution to the many services they provide, such as collecting rubbish and providing housing, as well as providing funds for the police service, the fire service and schools and other services run by Hampshire County Council.

Next the council says that you can make your council tax payment anyway you like, i.e., either over 10 or 12 months throughout the year.

It directs you to separate web pages explaining when and how you can avail discounts and exemptions, what you can do when your circumstances have changed etc.

The council also states in its privacy policy it might use any information provided by you to administer and calculate your liability to taxes or entitlement to benefits, to prevent and detect fraud, auditing, monitoring, statistical and other research, to protect public funds, and that it might also share your information with third parties such as council departments, other councils, government agencies or external agencies, if any necessity arises.

Fareham Band Charges for 2021-22

Fareham Borough Council Tax Bands are as per the price the respective properties had in April 1991.

The value of all the eight Bands in Fareham Borough Council Tax Bands are as follows:

  • Band A up to, and including £40,000
  • Band B between £40,001 and £52,000
  • Band C between £52,001 and £68,000
  • Band D between £68,001 and £88,000
  • Band E between £88,001 and £120,000
  • Band F between £120,001 and £160,000
  • Band G between £160,001 and £320,000
  • Band H more than £320,000

The following are the council tax charges for each of the corresponding council tax bands in Fareham:

Financial year 2021-22

  • Band A : £1,211.70
  • Band B : £1,413.66
  • Band C : £1,615.61
  • Band D : £1,817.56
  • Band E : £2,221.46
  • Band F : £2,625.36
  • Band G : £3,029.26
  • Band H : £3,635.12

As is clear with these rates, Band A is for the cheapest properties and charges the least, while Band H is for the most expensive properties and it charges the most.

Financial year 2020-21

  • Band A : £1,154.68
  • Band B : £11,347.12
  • Band C : £1,539.57
  • Band D : £1,732.02
  • Band E : £2,116.92
  • Band F : £2,501.80
  • Band G : £2,886.70
  • Band H : £3,464.04

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As is clear from both these data, the council tax band charge in Fareham was less for the financial year 2020-21 than in 2021-22.

How council tax is calculated

Your council tax is calculated by the Fareham Borough council based upon the size, location etc. of your property, and your living circumstances.

At first, the council taxes were calculated using the rental value of your home, but now that is done based upon the council tax band your property is in.

There are online portals for Fareham council which provide you means to calculate your council tax by entering the band in which your property is, and the time period from which you have been staying at the property.

This portal provides you with the moving that can be done for your tax banding, your current council tax and reduced council tax if your house is re-banded. You can also get a detailed breakdown of the amount specified for your council tax.

Who pays council tax in Fareham 

Council Tax is a local tax that is applicable over all residential properties in the UK. The payment of this tax imposed is done by a person made ‘liable’ as per the rules. This ‘liable’ person is always one who is aged more than 18, responsible for that property, who can carry out the duties assigned to him, such as paying the bill or notifying the council of any changes. 

Any person over 18, who resides in a property, or owns or rents a house, and is sufficiently able to do so, in general pays the council tax. A  full Council Tax bill assumes at least 2 adults living on a property. Spouses, partners and adults who live together are jointly responsible for paying their council tax.

If there are more than one person living on a property, the person who is liable to pay council tax is determined by a system called the hierarchy of liability. The hierarchy goes from top to bottom. The topmost person is the one responsible for paying council tax, in whose absence, the next will be responsible and so on.

  1. First liability falls upon the resident owner-occupier who owns the freehold or leasehold of all or any part of the property.
  1. If there is no freeholder or leaseholder, council tax liability is that of the resident statutory tenant on an assured tenancy agreement, such as a council or private tenant.
  1. In absence of a tenant even, the liability is that of the resident who lives in the property, and is a licensee, that is, a person who is not a tenant but has permission to live there.
  1. If there is no licensee even, then any resident staying at the property, for example a squatter has to pay the council tax.
  1. As a last resort, if the property is not at all occupied by any resident, then the council tax liability falls upon the owner of the property who doesn’t live there

In the following situations, the landlord is responsible for paying the council tax in Fareham:

  • If you are living in a house in multiple occupancy (HMO), that is, a house or flat that has been built or changed for living in by one or more people who are not part of the same household.
  • If all the people living in a property.are under the age of 18.
  • If the property is used by people who are  seeking an asylum, and are  living in accommodation provided by the UK Border Agency
  • If the property is being used fir a temporary stay, while the current residents have their main homes somewhere else
  • If the property is a care home, hospital, hostel for homeless people or women’s refuge.

Who does not count for council tax calculation

The following people are not regarded as ‘Adults’, and do not count for council tax reduction in Fareham:

  • If everyone living on a property is a full-time student
  • A property where a Foreign Language Assistants on the official British Council programme is staying in
  • If all the persons living on a property are under 18.
  • If the house is a rented one, where house support is provided, and there is a common kitchen and bathroom for every resident there.

However, even if your property is exempt from council tax payment in Fareham, the Fareham Borough council provides that you still need to register for Council Tax for that property so the council is aware of who is living in the property.

After registering on the website, you can then avail the applicable discounts or exemptions on the property.

Conclusion 

This blog covered the topic “Fareham council tax bands.” It talked in detail about the specific procedure of council tax payment in the Fareham Borough council. It covered all the council tax bands and their charges according to the Fareham Borough council.

FAQs 

How much is council tax in Fareham?

The council tax in Fareham is £170.22 which has increased by about 3% for an average home.

How much is council tax band D in Fareham?

Amount for Band D council for Fareham Borough council is £234.51, from which various amounts for revenue support grant, collection fund balances and retained business rates are subtracted, thus the council tax bill amounts to £170.22.

Is council tax per person or per household?

Council tax is charged per household, based upon the property you live in. However, it does consider the number of persons staying on a property, the number of earning persons staying at the property, the number of students, severely mentally impaired persons, etc different factors.

 

Do you pay council tax every month?

Council tax is an annual tax payment charged by your local council upon your property for the services provided by it. You can pay it in 10 months installments, with 2 months of no payment, or in 12 months installments.

Do you pay council tax if you rent?

Yes, except in exceptional circumstances, the tenant who resides at a property is the one who has to pay the council tax if you rent.

Why is council tax so high?

According to the local authorities, the council tax is so high, and keeps on increasing every year mainly because of government cuts, such as the austerity programme, reduction in grants, and the increasing cost of most of the local services provided by the council.

Citations

https://www.fareham.gov.uk/council_tax/how_is_my_council_tax_calculated/bands_and_charges/intro.aspx
https://www.fareham.gov.uk/council_tax/how_is_my_council_tax_calculated/council_tax_explained/intro.aspx
https://www.fareham.gov.uk/council_tax/how_is_my_council_tax_calculated/bands_and_charges/counciltaxbandd.aspx
https://www.taxpayersalliance.com/council_tax_rises_why_is_it_always_going_up

http://www.mycounciltax.org.uk/results?postcode=PO14+1SY

https://www.gov.uk/pay-council-tax/fareham
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