If you move home you need to tell us as soon as possible so that we can make sure your council tax is correct.

    Moving into a home if you’re a first time council tax payer

    If you’ve moved into a property and you didn’t previously pay council tax – for example, if you’ve moved out of your parents’ house into a property of your own:

    You’ll need to tell us:

    • your name, and the names of anyone else who will be listed on the bill
    • your new address

    If you have bought the property:

    • the date the sale completed
    • the name and new address of the previous owner, if you know

    If you are renting the property:

    • the date your tenancy started
    • the name and address of the landlord or letting agent

    Once you receive your first bill, you’ll need to decide how you want to pay. The easiest way is to set up a direct debit. Or find out about other ways to pay your council tax.

    Moving within Warrington

    If you have moved from a property in Warrington where you paid council tax, to another property in Warrington where you will be paying council tax:

    You’ll need to tell us:

    • your name, and the names of anyone else listed on the bill
    • your council tax account number
    • your old address, and the date you moved out
    • whether you left the old address furnished
    • your new address, and the date you moved in

    If the property was sold:

    • the name and address of the solicitor
    • the name and old address of the buyer, if you know

    If the property was rented:

    • the date your tenancy ended
    • the landlord or agent’s name and address
    Moving into Warrington

    If you have moved to Warrington from another area:

    You’ll need to tell us:

    • your name, and the names of anyone else who will be listed on the bill
    • your new address in Warrington

    If you have bought the property:

    • the date the sale completed
    • the name and new address of the previous owner, if you know

    If you are renting the property:

    • the date your tenancy started
    • the name and address of the landlord or letting agent
    Moving out of Warrington

    If you are moving out of the borough to another area:

    You’ll need to tell us:

    • your name, and the names of anyone else listed on the bill

    • your old address in Warrington

    • your new address

    If you have sold the property:

    • the date the sale completed

    • the name and new address of the new owner, if you know

    If you were renting the property:

    • the date your tenancy ended

    • the name and address of the landlord or letting agent

    Report that someone has moved in or out of your home and that you need to claim or cancel a discount

    If an adult moves in or out of your home this could affect the amount of council tax you need to pay, so it’s really important that you tell us as soon as possible - especially if you are the person staying in the property:

    If someone moves out and this leaves you as the only adult in the home, you may be entitled to single person discount.

    If someone moves in and you were previously claiming a discount because you were the only adult living in the home, you may no longer be entitled to this discount. So you must tell us or you could be fined and have to pay the money back.

    You're a landlord and need to tell us about somebody moving in or out of a property

    If you have bought a house which you will be renting out to someone else:

    You’ll need to tell us:

    • your name
    • your address
    • the address of the property you are renting out
    • the date you bought the property
    • the name and address of the previous owner, and the previous tenants, if you know
    • whether the property was furnished
    • the name(s) of your tenants
    • your tenants’ old address
    • the date the tenancy starts, and the date they moved in

    If you're a landlord and a tenant is moving in or out of your property

    You’ll need to tell us:

    • your name
    • your address
    • the address of your rental property
    • the name and address of your previous tenants
    • the date the old tenancy ended, and the date they moved out
    • the name(s) and old address of your tenants
    • the date the tenancy starts, and the date they moved in

    Other things to think about when you move

    If you move home or someone moves in and out of your property don’t forget that you may also need to report this to our benefits team if you claim housing benefit or council tax benefit.

    You will also need to update the electoral register.

    The Which? website has a handy moving house checklist.

    If you’re not moving in straight away

    If you’ve bought or rented a home but you aren’t moving in straight away, you may still have to pay council tax for the property. Find out more about unoccupied and unfurnished properties and properties which are uninhabitable due to building or repair work.

    If your account is in credit or in arrears after you move

    If you move and there is a credit or arrears on your account we will:

    1. close the account
    2. write to everyone listed on the bill to explain what will happen next
    3. ask you to pay any outstanding amount
    4. or ask how you would like us to process the refund