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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Corky » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:35 pm

Thanks. Out of interest, why would council tax be my responsibility? I am a renter myself and I have to pay my own council tax as it's not my landlords responsibility.

Don't council tax and bills usually fall on the occupants of a property rather than the owners?
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby atticus » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:03 pm

On transfer of ownership, you would be the owner. You presently pay Council Tax because you have agreed in your tenancy agreement that you will pay.
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Corky » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:27 pm

So unless it's specifically in the will that he has to pay the council tax then it's my responsibility?
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby atticus » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:31 pm

Yep.

If anyone thinks otherwise. No doubt they will say so.
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Corky » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:35 pm

Surely if he wants gas, water and electricity he has to pay for that himself?
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby atticus » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:37 pm

Probably. But those are not Council Tax.
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Corky » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:52 pm

True. Council tax, maintenance and home insurance I can handle bit I'll be blown if I'm paying the man's gas and electric bills too.
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:00 pm

atticus wrote:If anyone thinks otherwise. No doubt they will say so.


That would be me then. ;)

Who is responsible for paying Council Tax on a property?

There is a strict hierarchy of who is responsible for paying the Council Tax on a chargeable dwelling (property). The person responsible for the Council Tax on a property will be the person who comes first on the following list:

a resident of the property who has a freehold interest in the whole or any part of it
a resident of the property who has a leasehold interest in the whole or part of it which is not inferior to another such resident leaseholder's interest
a resident who is a statutory or secure tenant of the whole or any part of the property
a resident who has a contractual license to occupy the whole or any part of the property
a resident of the property
the owner of the property

A "resident" means any individual who is eighteen years old or over and has their sole or main residence in the property.

An "owner" means a person with a 'material interest' (freehold or leasehold granted longer than 6 months) in the whole or any part of a property for which an inferior 'material interest' is not subject.

http://www.preston.gov.uk/yourservices/ ... -property/
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Corky » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:14 pm

Out of that list I don't know who is responsible for council tax. Me or my sisters boyfriend. He is the sole resident but has no ownership. I am to be the owner but I will not be resident. Is this something the council must ultimately take a view on and bill the appropriate person?
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Re: Left a house with a catch

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:41 pm

Hairyloon wrote:
The person responsible for the Council Tax on a property will be the person who comes first on the... list...
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