Understanding Council Tax Liability During Tenancy Overlaps


The council have sent a council tax bill and is insisting that the landlord pays, even though the bill relates to a period just before a tenancy ended. Do you have advice on council tax legalities?

The tenants bought a house which is why the tenancy ended. I understand that you can be responsible for two homes.

I think the council are mixed up, thinking the tenancy home is a 'temporary' home or that they are not resident-tenants, where I know this might change responsibility. Surely the tenancy home would be their primary home, and the purchase become their second home for the month overlap?

Is there something I can quote as a solid response or an explanation I can give to explain the council is mixed up?


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Council Tax

In self-contained flats or houses, the tenant usually is liable for Council Tax. Landlords should inform the Council Tax section of the local authority in writing whenever someone moves in or out of their property or if it is empty.