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6 months rule on council tax
18/07/2018
5:32 pm
juliew
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Hi everyone.

I didn’t know this.  I do now to my cost.

I sometimes take tenants, reference them, etc and give them a short AST if they are waiting to move, or for legal stuff to complete etc.  Usual AST which says they are responsible for council tax

Council have just given me a bill for £800 which is four years old.  I don’t have paperwork as I had an agent who managed it and the agent disappeared.  Its four years old for goodness sake !!!  If they told me at the time I could maybe have done something.

The tenant disappeared without paying C Tax so I referred them to the AST which clearly states he’s signed to say he  will pay.  HOWEVER.  Because the AST  is under 6 months, I am responsible if he does a runner or can’t be traced.  If the AST is over 6 months and he does a runner he is responsible.

I’m outraged.  A legal agreement is binding surely?  I didn’t know about the council’s 6 month rule and I bet not too many people do either, so just warning you all so that you don’t get caught.

I thought there wasn’t much more that ‘they’ could do to landlords.  clearly I was wrong.

Cry

19/07/2018
11:55 pm
David Price
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Tenancy agreements are binding on both parties but only ever enforced against landlords.

For future reference make sure all your tenancies are for six months or longer and continue as a contractual periodic tenancy and then you will never be responsible for the council tax.

13/12/2018
2:53 pm
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David Price said
Tenancy agreements are binding on both parties but only ever enforced against landlords.

For future reference make sure all your tenancies are for six months or longer and continue as a contractual periodic tenancy and then you will never be responsible for the council tax.  

Unless. ….As happened to me. 

The tenant does the six months. Then leaves afterwards at some point and tells the council or utility company that they left a month early .

You get the difference in the bills then. 

I am going to make sure that every time a tenant leaves they sign a deed of surrender with the date on . The council and the utility company told me that they do not ask for proof of vacating from a tenant but will ask for it from a landlord. 

If you phone the utility and say a tenant has vacated and give new readings. They quote data protection at you and the tenant has to send the readings in. 

So there you have it . Landlords are all regarded as liars by the utility and council people . 

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