Moving into a newly built property

From the date you take possession of a newly built property, you will become liable for Council Tax.

Council Tax is normally payable in 10 monthly instalments, from April to January inclusive. As the financial year progresses, the number of months available for instalments reduces depending upon when the bill is issued. Where a bill is issued towards the end of the year there may be no entitlement to instalments and any Council Tax due to the end of the current year will be payable immediately.

As you have moved into a newly built property it has not yet been allocated a band by the Valuation Office. The Valuation Office will provide the Local Authority with an official band within the next three months. A temporary statement will be received shortly.

Issuing you with a provisional council tax notice will avoid a large amount becoming due when the Valuation Office officially bands your property. It also enables you to start making payments towards your council tax notice if you wish to do so.

The provisional valuation should not be taken as any indication of the band which will be allocated by the Valuation Office. There is no legal obligation for you to pay a council tax notice which is based on a provisional valuation.

However, please be aware that if you do not start making payments towards your bill and there is a delay in your property being allocated a band you may find that your instalments are higher than you would anticipate because of the limited number of instalments available in the financial year.

Any delay in banding can have a marked effect on what instalments (if any) are available. However, for the convenience of Council Taxpayers with a bank account, payments can be made before a Council Tax bill is issued under the banks' Direct Debit system.

If you have just moved into a newly built property, please contact us by email providing the following information:

  • Your full name and contact details
  •  The full name of anyone else over the age of 18 who will be living in the property
  • Where you have moved from
  • The date you moved
  • What date the sale was completed
  • What date your tenancy started
  • Who you rent the property from?
  • Type of property i.e., detached, semi, terraced, flat
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Price paid


Council Tax contact information

Revenues Service, PO Box 5327, Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ