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« on: November 22, 2019, 07:18:13 PM »

Preston city council has sent me a liability order for rent unpaid by a previous tenant.
I’ve provided them the tenants ast & evidence of them paying me rent for the 6 months the council believe I owe!
They say they have proof the tenants left 6 months earlier than they did - but they won’t provide any evidence of that to me & now they’re requesting I send them my tax return!!!
WTF has that to do with anything????

Anyone else had any issues or suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2019, 08:21:35 PM »

If you are sure they have the liability incorrect, i.e. the tenant left on X and not X-6 months that the council is saying, then appeal and if unsuccessful take it to Valuation Tribunal.

What evidence do you actually have? If that six months is part of a fixed term tenancy, or part of a contractual periodic tenancy with an initial definite term of at least six months, then that's sufficient. If however it's part of a statutory periodic tenancy, then (in most cases) it's not sufficient. Tenant is liable for council tax during a SPT (where the period is less than six-monthly) only if they have the property as their sole or main residence, i.e. they were actually living there.
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