Council Tax Appeals
Council Tax Band Appeals
If you think your property has been allocated the wrong Council Tax Band, you can appeal by contacting the Valuation Office Agency.
How to Challenge your Council Tax Band
Alternatively you should write to:
Council Tax East
Valuation Office Agency
Castle Meadow Road
Phone: 03000 501501
You must continue to pay your Council Tax as billed while awaiting the outcome of any appeal.
Council Tax Bill Appeals
You can appeal your Council Tax Bill if:
- you think should receive a discount
- you think the property in question should be exempt from Council Tax
- you have received a bill, but do not believe you are the person responsible for payment
- you believe a penalty has been imposed incorrectly
There are two stages to the appeal process:
Stage 1: Representations
You must first write to East Herts Council to make your representations known. You should state who you are and where you live. You should say which decision you are unhappy with and why you are unhappy with it. The council may ask for further information.
The Council has two months in which to consider your representations. You will not have to attend a hearing at this stage. If the council rejects your arguments, or it acts on your complaint but you are still not satisfied, or at the end of two months you have not heard from your council, you will be able to appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.
Stage 2: Appeal to a Valuation Tribunal Service
If appealing a Council or District Valuer Decision write to:
Valuation Tribunal Service
3rd Floor Crossgate House
Telephone: 0300 123 2035
The Tribunal will ask you to make your appeal in writing, stating which decision you are appealing against, why you disagree with it, or, as the case may be, that the council did not reach a decision. If you and the other parties agree your case may be dealt with by an exchange of written representations. Otherwise, the Tribunal will get in touch with you to make arrangements for a hearing and will send you a leaflet explaining its procedures in detail. Hearings usually last no more than a day. A Tribunal hearing will not cost you anything unless you choose to employ a solicitor or other person to present your case.
If the Tribunal decides in your favour, your council will revise your bill and adjust your payments, if necessary.