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Council Tax liability if working away from home


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My friend works away from home probably around 9-10 months a year. There is nowhere nearby to work with his specialisation. Often Mon-Thurs with long hours, travel and hotels.

 

His mother recently died and lived in a housing association flat along with him he would be there most weekends and holidays, and work permitting could sometimes do remote working.

 

She had been advised by the council previously that it would be best to pay for a single occupant, even though they were aware of her son.

 

He also needs to get the tenancy in his name as despite this being his only home, he had never been added formally. 

 

As far as I know his mother had planned to buy the property (been there since 1977), but again nothing was finalised before her sudden death.

 

In terms of Council Tax the recent statement says the property is vacant.

 

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My friend works away from home probably around 9-10 months a year. There is nowhere nearby to work with his specialisation. Often Mon-Thurs with long hours, travel and hotels.

 

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She had been advised by the council previously that it would be best to pay for a single occupant, even though they were aware of her son.

 

If he was only away from the property due to working elsewhere then it's almost certain that the property would remain his 'sole or main residence' for the purposes of council tax. This would mean that the 25% single occupancy discount was wrongly applied and would need removed, as would the current discount/exemption that has been applied to the property.

It would need to be corrected with the local authority if the council tax account is to read right but I can see the council, because of the knock on effects, asking for proof that it was the 'sole or main residence' so there may be an argument.

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