East Lothian Council

Council tax

Tell us about a change of address or change in tenancy

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You can inform us of a change of address by selecting one of the following options, which best suits your circumstances:

Find out more about council tax valuation bands and charges in East Lothian.

Find out which council tax band a property is in by clicking the link and entering your postcode.


If you are a landlord and would like to inform us of a change in tenancy, please select the following: 

Between tenants, the owner is liable for council tax and it is the owner, landlord or letting agents' responsibility to notify the Council of any change in tenancy within 21 days.

Any discount or exemption for an empty and unfurnished or unoccupied property must be applied for within 21 days of any change in tenancy, as these reductions will not be awarded retrospectively. Failure to apply within 21 days will result in any reduction only being awarded from the date of application.

The owner of the property must be a registered landlord and will be required to supply their landlord registration number to the council tax team when requested. 

To register as a private landlord

To register, please contact Landlord Registration and HMO Licensing.

We are unable to register a tenant for council tax purposes until the owner has completed the landlord registration process. The owner will be held liable for any council tax due up to the date of registration.

Important information about Universal Credit

From 23rd March 2016, Universal Credit has been extended in East Lothian to include ALL new claimants of working age.

If you are of working age and were intending to make a new claim for housing benefit, you may now be required to claim help towards your housing costs as part of your Universal Credit claim.

You will NOT be able to claim for help with your council tax as part of your Universal Credit claim.  You MUST make a separate claim to East Lothian Council for this.

You can make a claim for council tax reduction online.

East Lothian Council, PO Box 13251, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824314

Help us to reduce paper and costs and receive your future council tax bills by email.

How we use the information you provide.

Benefits are changing. Find out how this may affect you on our Welfare Reform information and advice pages.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.