Changes such as moving home, your personal situation and changes to who lives with you can affect the amount of Council Tax you pay.
Change of address
When moving to a new address in Bury, you will need to register for Council Tax on your new home.
If you have recently moved, you should tell us about your change of address. This could be if you:
- have moved to Bury
- are moving away from Bury
- are moving to another address in the Bury borough.
Council Tax is calculated on a daily basis. If you move home, you will be billed up to the date that you move from your old address and then you will be sent a bill for your new address.
If you have paid too much Council Tax at your old address, we will transfer the balance to your new account.
If you move outside the Bury area, we will issue you a refund.
If you are an individual or private household
If you are a landlord or letting agent reporting the change of address of a tenant
If you have tenants moving in or out of a property you rent out, we need to know:
- the names of your tenants
- dates of their tenancies
- the rental property address
We also need to see a copy of the tenancy agreement or document to confirm tenant has moved in or out.
If you are representing a company
Change of property ownership
You will need to inform us when you:
- buy a property, even if you don't intend to live in it
- sell a property and are no longer longer responsible for Council Tax.
Telling other services about moving home
If you are moving within, to or out of Bury, we recommend you also:
- register to vote at your new address
- move your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support claim to your new home
- find out your new bin collection days and register for collection alerts.
Changes to who lives with you
Any changes to people who live with you, whether they are moving in or moving out, this could mean a change to your Council Tax amount.
You should tell us if:
- someone named on the Council Tax bill changes their name or moves out
- a person you receive a discount for moves out or their circumstances change
- you're responsible for an empty property and you rent it out to a tenant
- someone moves out and you're the only adult living in your home, as you'll be eligible for single person discount
- a second adult moves in with you or a child living with you turns 18 years old, you will need to cancel single person discount if you currently receive it.
Informing us of a death
If someone has died and were responsible for Council Tax, you will need to tell us about this.
If someone who lives in a property dies, but is not named on the Council Tax bill, you should also tell us about their death if:
- there is now only one adult living in the property
- the person who died was eligible for a Council Tax discount.
Tell Us Once service
When registering someone's death, you'll be given the option to use the Tell Us Once service. If you choose to use this service, the registrar will pass your details to the Council Tax office.
If you did not use the Tell Us Once service, you can use our online service.
Council Tax changes after notification of a death
If the property is occupied, we will change the name on the Council Tax bill. If there is only one adult resident, we will also award a single persons discount.
If the property is left empty, we will change the name of the Council Tax bill to the executors. The empty property will remain exempt until six months after grant of probate or letters of administration are issued. Council Tax may become payable after six months.
If the property was rented, it will remain exempt from Council Tax until the tenancy is ended, if this period does not extend to more than six months following grant of probate or letters of administration.
Any overpaid Council Tax will be refunded to the executors when grant of probate or letters of administration have been issued.