UK ARRIVAL GUIDE | Some information on tax and utilities that will assist you, when budgeting, during your stay in London.
Street cleaning, rubbish collection and similar services are funded by council tax, which is levied on homeowners (or onto the tenants). Council tax is not usually included in your rent, so make sure you check as there are serious consequences if it’s not paid. The amount varies from area to area.
Water, phone, gas and electricity are usually billed quarterly. They can be tricky to arrange, so try to take on the previous tenant’s phone number and get their utilities transferred into your name. Also, take down meter readings and the previous tenants’ new contact details to avoid their outstanding bills being charged to you. Phone the utility companies for an up-to-date tally of how much is owed in the billing quarter so far.