If you share a property with other people, the person who should pay Council Tax will depend on the type of tenancy agreement you have. If you have signed a joint tenancy agreement, then the person or people named on the agreement, who have their sole or main residence at the property, will be liable to pay.
Are you or your partner liable to pay council tax for the home you live in?
A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Married couples, partners and joint owners or tenants are jointly liable to pay Council Tax, unless we don’t count them for Council Tax (eg if they’re a student or severely mentally impaired).
Who is legally liable for council tax?
Who has to pay council tax. Usually one person, called the ‘liable person’, has to pay council tax. Nobody under the age of 18 can be a liable person. Couples living together will both be ‘jointly and severally liable’ – this means they are responsible as a couple but also individually.
Do you pay Council Tax on an empty property Scotland?
The property has to be unoccupied and unfurnished. The exemption applies for a maximum of 6 months. Local councils can then offer an empty homes discount of 10% to 50% for homes that are unoccupied for 6 to12 months.
How do I avoid Council Tax UK?
Apply for a discount or exemption
You need to apply for a Council Tax discount or an exemption, even if you’re disregarded. You’ll get 50% off your bill if everyone living in your household is disregarded. You’ll get 25% off your bill if you pay Council Tax and either: you live on your own.
Do I have to pay council tax on an empty property?
If you own or rent a property that becomes empty and unfurnished, you can apply for a 100% council tax discount for one month from the date it first became empty and unfurnished. If the property remains empty and unfurnished after one month, the full council tax becomes due and you will have to pay the full charge.
Is council tax a utility bill?
Although council tax is a household bill, it is not typically a utility bill. A utility bill is the gas, electricity and water.
Why do we pay council tax?
Council tax is the local tax which helps councils pay for the services they provide. We use the money collected for council tax to maintain roads and street lighting, for services such as street cleaning and rubbish collection and for things like ‘Meals on wheels’.
How can I avoid paying council tax in Scotland?
If you’re a student and live alone or share the rent with other students, you may be exempt from paying council tax. If you’re a student, but are sharing with someone who is not a student, you may be eligible for council tax reduction. Students living in halls of residence are exempt from paying council tax.
Do tenants pay council tax in Scotland?
Yes, tenants pay council tax in Scotland on the property they are residing in. A tenant is someone who occupies a room or whole property and pays rent to the landlord. This council tax might or might not be included in your rent. You need to check the rent agreement to be sure of the correct details.
Can I own 2 houses UK?
Once you own two houses, you have two years to decide which is your principal private residence. A principal private residence is exempt from Capital Gains Tax implications, so this is a significant decision, and most people choose the property which is expected to rise most in value.
When you move house How do you cancel council tax?
You will need to inform the Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to, around a month before you leave. You will find a ‘change of address’ page on your Local Authority’s website. You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult on the property that pays council tax.
What months do you not pay council tax?
February and March are the two months of the year when you don’t pay Council Tax.
Do pensioners pay council tax UK?
Pensioners still need to pay Council Tax, but may get a discount if they live alone, or depending on their situation be entitled to Council Tax Support.