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Right then , I need some advice regarding Council Tax..

 

In 2007 I moved into a property as a tenant on an inclusive rent basis, in fact I still have the original advert for the place I rented. For 3 years Everything went along quite nicely , me paying the rent on the nail ,all inclusive , until April of last year , when it came to light that the idiot landlord had not been servicing the mortgages on his 4 "buy to let" properties. as well as his own home.

Upshot was that all his properties were repossessed one by one, the first being his own home , the last the house that my wife and I occupied.

When he lost his own home , he moved into the home that I was renting..In accordance with my rites, I stopped paying the rent , simply because I and my wife had lost free enjoymennt of the property.. that is not the issue.

What is the issue is this : At the end of June 2010 , he, his common law wife , their sons and 3 dogs moved out of the property , but before he did this , without our consent , he put the property council tax liability in my name !!.. This is a house that was about to be repossessed !!.

we managed to get a stay of execution for the repossession until September 9th of 2010, when we ended up living in a B&B because we lost our rent deposit , as he had not put the rent into a recognised deposit scheme .

I have explained this to the council, but because the landlord is bankrupt, they are coming after us for the council tax.. as they see us as an easy target. Just today they have served us with a court summons. I am beyond livid about this and would really appreciate some advice on how I can resolve this issue.. Many thanks

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When he lost his own home , he moved into the home that I was renting..In accordance with my rites, I stopped paying the rent , simply because I and my wife had lost free enjoymennt of the property.. that is not the issue.

What is the issue is this : At the end of June 2010 , he, his common law wife , their sons and 3 dogs moved out of the property , but before he did this , without our consent , he put the property council tax liability in my name !!.. This is a house that was about to be repossessed !!.

we managed to get a stay of execution for the repossession until September 9th of 2010, when we ended up living in a B&B because we lost our rent deposit , as he had not put the rent into a recognised deposit scheme .

I have explained this to the council, but because the landlord is bankrupt, they are coming after us for the council tax.. as they see us as an easy target. Just today they have served us with a court summons. I am beyond livid about this and would really appreciate some advice on how I can resolve this issue.. Many thanks

 

Whilst you were the resident tenant (and the landlord wasn't resident) then you are liable for the council tax due as per section 6 of the local government finance act 1992 ('hierarchy of liability').

 

Once the landlord became resident then he is the person liable for the council tax due from that date until the date he vacated.

 

When the landlord vacated and you were still resident then you were liable for any council tax due until you vacated the property.

 

Can confirm the actual periods he was resident, the period you were resident and the periods you are being charged council tax for ?.

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