If you have recently been flooded and had to vacate your property, we may be able to help you.
Flooded properties will be awarded 100% Council Tax relief for 3 months if, for any day between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014, the property has been flooded/contaminated in whole or in part as a result of adverse weather conditions. Where the impact is minimal and access/use of the property has not been adversely affected relief will not be awarded.
Applying the Relief
When calculating relief all other reliefs will be applied first, such as single person discounts, and other reliefs and exemptions where applicable.
The relief will be applied to the relevant year(s) Council Tax account. If by applying the relief the account goes into credit, we will either offset this against future liability or provide a refund. If the account is in debit after applying the relief no refund will be given.
Change of taxpayer
Relief will continue to be given following a change of tax payer. In other words, the relief will run with the property rather than the tax payer.
The scheme does not cover relief for any property which was empty at the time it was flooded. Where a property becomes empty and unfurnished after the flood then it will receive the normal exemption period of 28 days.
What is Council Tax?
Council Tax is collected and used by local councils to help pay for local services like schools, the police and refuse collection. It is based on a banded property valuation of dwellings. The amount of Council Tax you pay will depend on the number of adults living in the property and the council tax band the property is in.
The amount of Council Tax payable for each band is based on the requirements of not only the District Council, but also the needs of the major precepting authorities. The District Council expenditure accounts for 13.66% of the total Council Tax. The remainder is made up with the County Council receiving 76.27% and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire receiving 10.08%.
Your Council Tax 2013/14
Full list showing the breakdown of charges levied by all precepting authorities listed above and local Parish Councils where relevant:
Each year various documents are sent with the Annual bills. This year not all leaflets were sent with the bills, however all are available below. If you require a paper copy of any of these documents, please contact us on 01462 474000, and we will post a copy to you.
Council Tax & Performance Information Leaflet 2013/14 (2.1 MB)
NHDC Explanatory Notes 2013/14 (49 KB)
Government Explanatory Notes 2013/14 (37 KB)
Hertfordshire County Council Leaflet 2013/14 (272 KB)
Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire Leaflet 2013/14 (1.1 MB)
Further financial information about the County Council:
Please contact us for further information on any of the above.