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Hi guys,



in 2006 my house was given on rent to private students either way they were eleible for the council tax. I submitted all the documents for 2006-2009 showing who was living at my address as private tenants and who was responsible.


In 2012 the council wrote to me saying I had to pay council tax from 2006 to 2009 based upon 2 things.


  1. from 2006 to 2008 no one paid the council tax.
  2. from 2008 to 2009 some other person was living and claiming for the council tax benefit.
    In another words the students did not pay the council tax. Then they invented an tenecy agreement and falsy claimed someone else lived there and claimed the benefits.
    Since 2009 another tenant lives there who is exemt from paying as shes claming housing benefit and what else so she has nothing to pay.
    Issue is from 2006 to 2009 I am being forced to pay. I said no I have submitted the ONLY people who are supposed to live there. All agreements were sent every year once they were renewed. No other person has lived there.
    I appealed it got rejected.
    Then I went to the tribunal and there I discovered many other things.


  1. students falsey claimed benefits.
  2. Students created many indenties and put them in the electorl register.
  3. Open many accounts and did much fraud.

  4. At the tribulal apprently at any one time from 2006 to 2009 over 9 to 10 people lived at the address.
    This was false as I was the main cartaker and did weekly visits from cleaning to DIY. Also its a 2 bedroom house.
    The council has said something to do with HMO status. As in multlpy occupency. And the tribual rejected my sotry 100%
    question is what do I do.
    The students did a lot of fraud as I am getting lots of letters from balifs and credit card compnies along with other junk mail. Odd names too.
    Since 2009 no issue. Before 2006 no issue.
    Please help.

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Get proper legal advice from a local Solicitor. Perhaps your local Citizens Advice knows of someone who can help with this situation. I have a feeling that as the property owner, if the tenants failed to pay council tax, you would have to pay the amounts due and then issue a court claim against the tenants to recover the amount.

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The owner is only liable is they are resident, if all occupiers are under 18, the property is unoccupied or they fall under one of the cases listed in the council tax (liability of owners) regs 1992 (as amended).



At the tribulal apprently at any one time from 2006 to 2009 over 9 to 10 people lived at the address.


If there was a valuation tribunal then the council would have to act under the decision given by the tribunal - either the tribunal gave a decision that the council were correct or they gave one stating the council were wrong.


A valuation tribunal decision (which the council are bound by) can only be appealed against to the High Court on a point of law or if the tribunal acted outside of their legal boundaries.


if the property was indeed a HMO, it is the resposibility of the owner to pay the council tax, not the "tenants"


did you issue the tenants individual agreements? or were they under a joint tenancy agreement?

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  • 7 months later...




Merry Christmas and happy new year to all.



Please kindly read the letter below which I WANT TO SEND via email to my local council tax department. This will explain the help and advise I need please.



Dear sir or madam,



Thank you for the letter dated 30/12/2013 which I received on the 04/01/2014.

Account number: xxxxx


Property Reference: xxxxxx



Please kindly review my questions and answers them so I can fully understand the reasons why the final tax notice was issued.


  1. since 2004 to 2013 108 direct debits have been paid without an issue.
  2. On the 26/12/2013 mistake was made where partial direct debit indemnity was made of £67.00. The remaining £100 was still paid.
  3. From the 26/12/2013 to 30/12/2013 you letter states you have sent me 2 reminder issues.
  4. The bank states it takes 3 to 5 working days for the company to acknowledge the direct debit indemnity. And with 2 days of weekend, please kindly explain how was it possible or even why did you send me 2 reminders and a final notice in one working day.
  5. 26th was Thursday, 27th Friday, then the weekend of 28th and 29th.
    by all calculations you sent me 2 reminders and a final tax notice in 1 day. Also the letter states because of this I have lost the right to pay by direct debit. From my understanding only £67.00 is missing from 9 years of payments and no previous issues. And within one day you sent me 3 reminders. Also from the 30th I have been given 7 days to pay £209. I got the letter or the final notice, the ONLY letter on the 4th. So I have 3 days including the weekend to find £209.
    I do not see this as legitimate, right or even as a good ethical practice. Please note I have not undertaken any legal help as I am trying to understand the situation. therefore I want full details of the representative who will investigate what has happened. As this will ensure accurate communication.
    Thank you

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The email is fine. If they agree with you, as I do, that they have been over zealous in churning out all the reminders in such a short time then they might not cancel the arrangement you have had with them for the past nine years.

It would be a good idea though just to add that over Christmas until the New year, the postmen have a few bank holidays which means that you would not have been in a position to contact them until the New Year.

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