Council Tax not billing me as someone else registered at address.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Reclaiming Mortgage Fees, Council Tax, etc
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I hadnt been billed by the council tax for some time, around 5 months. When i enquired i was told that on their records they had someone else there which they were billing. I confirmed that i hadnt left the property in that time and now they have billed me for several months.

I have never once said i have moved. Is it not their responsibility to produce correct bills to the right person?

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  • CISCIS Forumite
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    I have never once said i have moved. Is it not their responsibility to produce correct bills to the right person?

    You'd be surprised how many times incorrect information is passed to the council regarding addresses (and someone may simply have made an error when updating). If the council waited only for notification from the outgoing occupant then very few council tax accounts would ever be closed.

    You need to speak with them and ask for the revised council tax notice to be issued (which will be backdated).
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
  • Hi,

    My local council have suddenly issued me with four years worth of Council Tax amounting to over £4,000. All four bills have been issued on the same date and no previous bills, reminders have ever been received since we moved in the house. Its like they suddenly realised we need to be paying CT.

    A massive oversight on our behalf to not set up the direct debut when we moved (thought we had & presumed out it went) but how do we stand now that the Council have suddenly issued four years bills at once. Do we have to pay it all at once?

    Any advice or help is gratefully received.

    Thank you.
  • CISCIS Forumite
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    A massive oversight on our behalf to not set up the direct debut when we moved (thought we had & presumed out it went) but how do we stand now that the Council have suddenly issued four years bills at once. Do we have to pay it all at once?

    In theory a previous years council tax is due in one go but in practice they'll usually spread it alongside the current years council tax.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
  • cbobtingcbobting Forumite
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    CIS wrote: »
    You'd be surprised how many times incorrect information is passed to the council regarding addresses (and someone may simply have made an error when updating). If the council waited only for notification from the outgoing occupant then very few council tax accounts would ever be closed.

    You need to speak with them and ask for the revised council tax notice to be issued (which will be backdated).

    guess im going to have to pay for their mistake then =(
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