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75% of county councils have indicated that they plan to increase council tax next year, according to the latest Local government Chronicle survey.
Out of 354 councils, 154 responded to the survey. 53% said they would accept the extra government funding on offer – equivalent to a 1% council tax rise.
On the other hand 32% said they would not accept the funding and were considering a rise – likely to be up to 1.9% since a rise of above 2% requires a referendum. 15% said they did not know.
Of 27 county councils, 12 responded to the Local Government Chronicle survey, and nine of these said they would reject the extra government funding.
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Does that mean I can raise the rents by 1% and if my tenants dont pay can I send them to prison. Do you ever feel like you are in the wrong game?
Paul Routledge CEO Tenant Referencing UK.Com
Of course it will, many of my tenants struggle to afford to pay their council tax now – even living in the cheapest banded areas.
I think LRS is right; the next chunk of legislation to be heaped onto landlords will be a rent cap, because if these councils do increase the council tax payment the only option for tenants will be to find somewhere cheaper to live or end up on the streets.
Maybe if landlords had some sort of incentive to slightly lower their rents it could possibly work, but most landlords are not rich and have their own bills to pay too so I cannot see landlords willingly lowering their rents, can you?
What does it matter if a tenant doesn’t pay the Council tax increases
Brent council had 500 magistrate warrants for council tax non payment
Only 50 turned up for their hearing.
So what if they are convicted!………………………most of these are not in work and on full benefit
What will the council do deduct from the person’s benefit!
There are restrictions on that.
£1 p week for the 30 years and the same every year.
People on full benefit know nothing can be done to them so they just won’t pay.
The legal costs for the council will cost the Council tax payer
So there we have Council tax will have to be increased to pay the for all the unrecoverable legal costs for the council for taking people to court who won’t pay their C Tax from their benefit.
It might be worth while just paying the 10 % council tax and forget the legal action against people……………………….it would be cheaper.
Govt doesn’t force Councils to charge people.
It is down to individual councils how they make up the shortfall for CT between what Govt grants them and what they have raise locally.
I fell like i have just come out of a Monty Python sketch!!!!!
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