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Dwellings by council tax band

Dwellings by council tax band

All residential properties in England are assigned to a council tax valuation band by the Valuation Office Agency. The amount a household pays for Council Tax is based on the value of the household’s property on 1 April 1991. The bands range from the lowest tax value band A to the highest band H. Further information about Herefordshire’s tax bands and associated charges see - What is my council tax band and charge.

As of May 2015, there were 83,411 residential properties registered for council tax in Herefordshire; of which 39 per cent were in the lowest value bands A and B[1] and 26 per cent were in the highest value bands E to H[2] (this compares with 44 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively, for England). However, as can be seen in the chart below, there is a great variation in the distribution of banding between urban and rural areas.

Chart. Distribution of council tax bands around Herefordshire (This chart and associated data can be downloaded below)
Distribution Of Council Tax Bands Around Herefordshire
Source: Herefordshire Council, May 2015

While the proportion of properties in the mid-range valuation bands (C to D) are similar for urban and rural areas, there is a notably larger proportion of dwellings in the highest property value bands in rural Herefordshire (44 percent) compared with the urban areas of the county (eight per cent and 16 per cent in the city and the market towns respectively) and a markedly lower proportion in the lowest property value bands (21 percent compared in rural Herefordshire compared with 57 per cent and 48 per cent in the city and the market towns respectively).

The distribution of council tax bands within Hereford city and the market towns are compared in the chart below. The relatively high proportions of properties in tax bands E and H coupled with relatively low proportions of properties in tax bands A to B seen in Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye reflect their relatively high average house prices. Conversely, Leominster, South Hereford and Bromyard town have the lowest average house prices in the county, which is reflected in the lower proportion of high value tax bands versus the higher proportion of low value tax bands.

Chart. Distribution of council tax bands within Hereford city and the market towns (This chart and associated data can be downloaded below)
Council Tax Bands City Market Towns
Source: Herefordshire Council, May 2015

Empty properties

Of the 83,411 residential properties in Herefordshire in May 2015, Council Tax records show that 485 were recorded as being empty; of these, 248 are long term empty properties (unoccupied for between six months two years), 237 are long term premium properties (unoccupied for two years or longer). There were a further 51 unfurnished properties that are not considered as a main residence.


[1] Property valued up to and including £52K in 1991.

[2] Property valued at over £88K in 1991.

 

Data and charts

 

Last updated: Friday, July 20, 2018