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Long story short, unemployed on JSA, asked council for ctax benefit it got messed up. Today i recieved a summons and i have nothing. possessions and a limited amount of money (not enough for the full year)


I do have a house mate though who isn't on the council tax bill. Can anyone see any problems with the following idea:


I will move out the house. Inform the council who will recalculate the bill reducing it from £1100 to about £300 which i can pay. My house mate will then take over the bill and his right to pay by installments will be intact naturally. I will then move back in veyr quick but not change the bill to my name as i am not required to.



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A couple of flaws;


1) short term absence does not,in most cases. remove the property from being your 'sole or main residence' and thus no single person discount.


2) If your both on the same level of occupancy , eg both equal tenants, then legally you are both responsible and should both be on the bill. You have no choice over who is liable as its set in legislation.

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Thank you for your responce. I have consulted the CAB. Fortunately the legislation about my prior place of residance does not have a time limit! I can change it whenever i want so that is all fine.


I have however been talking to the council and as both residents are on a seperate tennancy agreement we are not liable for council tax rather our landlord. As a result i have been "moved out" and my landlord (parents) moved in on their systems! The court fees dropped and my outstanding council tax upto today is being sent out. Which is can easiy afford!


Guess its lucky, but long story short Council Tax is not acceptable i do not benefit from it and i am sure many people are in the same boat. Life is too short to let people like Local Govnmt / Government **** you over, life should be fun so definately find a loop hole and stand up for yourself :)


Thanks for your input.

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I have however been talking to the council and as both residents are on a seperate tennancy agreement we are not liable for council tax rather our landlord


I would be wary of people believing this and not paying their CT, generally tenants are liable for their own CT unless stated otherwise in the tenancy agreement


Life is too short to let people like Local Govnmt / Government **** you over, life should be fun


**** you over, who do you think is paying for you to stay on the dole and give you your CT benefit and maybe HB as well?

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Lol interesting responce!


If they werent there in the first place i would have more money!


I am paying for my job seekers allowance by the amount of money I have paid into the system. Its called Income Based JSA where I draw on my previous contributions.


I accept I am not contributing to the government at the moment but then you/they are not the one stuck in a house eatting tesco value / adsa price food to keep you going whilst spending all day searching for a job that is not out there.


I have already accepted that in a month or so i will take a cleaners job...hardly an IT Administration role at 30K like my last one, but otherwise i will go insane....


As for council tax, i am happy to agree, do not follow that responce, it is my circumstance as living in a home owned by my parents and having a seperate tennant that classes this property differently, if you are a usual tennant then you have to pay it yourself.


I have now paid up all the outstanding and will continue to pay the bills for my landlords (parents) with the hard earned cash i made before i went on INCOME BASED JSA.


.....i hope you get the point i am not a scrubber....i am just trying to balance everything to get out of a ****ty situation.....

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Appologies for the heated responce. I understand what you mean i just find it very very frustrating that i worked my arse off to get into a good position, never claimed a penny, never sought a thing, paid my taxes like the rest.


The minute i struggle to juggle everything i get slapped with a court summons for a liability order and costs of £85


it costs the council £3 i pay £82 to them!


I dont want to be unemployeed and god knows i'm trying to sort it! I am embarrased to be on benefits but i have no choice. I just hate the kick them when there down approach by the council.


Incase you wondered i was summoned becuase 1 payment was missed. I had been struggling to meet the payments recently but always payed within a week or so. Due to not paying on the first of each month they decided to take away my right to pay by installments when i fell just over a month behind....it clashed with my allowance and house mates pay day....its hardily like i was trying to avoid it.


I attempted to pay myself up to date to have the installments reinstated but was informed the full amount was due so stopped everything until i knew were i stood.


hence ****ed over!


I do not claim HB or CTB. I did attempt to claim CTB but the application was messed up and am still sorting the one out but if i hear back from 2 interviews then hopefully i won't need to.

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lol, perhaps I had a bad day too! If you have a look at the threads I've posted you will see the absolute debacle I had over my CT which led me being taking to court after a payment plan was set up!


Its called Income Based JSA where I draw on my previous contributions.



Sssshhhh, thats the one where you havent paid enough contributions and its based on your income! I presume you've been unemployed for over 6 months and have moved from Contribution Based to Income Based as you do, some bugger on this board will pick that up! :D


Good luck on hearing from your interviews!

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lol your right Emma! i have been unemployed for less than 3 months...i ment Contributions....blah weird day yesterday :D


thanks for the good luck :)

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