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    • Gp2011
    • By Gp2011 8th Mar 18, 8:07 PM
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    Council tax asking for partners previous address
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    • 8th Mar 18, 8:07 PM
    Council tax asking for partners previous address 8th Mar 18 at 8:07 PM
    Partner has just moved in so need to change from single occupancy.
    When adding him on it asks for his previous address but where he lived at his mums he wasn't registered there or on the electoral roll.
    Does this matter? As far as I'm aware his parents pay full council tax although they are now retired so I'm not sure. What will happen if I don't put his previous address will they ask question?
    Any advice is welcome.
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    • CIS
    • By CIS 8th Mar 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 8th Mar 18, 8:57 PM
    Unless the council make a formal request for information to determine liability (for which a penalty could be imposed for failing to comply) then there is no requirement to supply any address information - yours is primarily a discount query but that doesn't stop them asking for information to double check liability if they wanted to go down that route.

    In respect of discounts themselves there is no duty to supply an address but the local authority can refuse a discount if they feel that it may not apply - a catch 22 situation...
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
    • Gp2011
    • By Gp2011 8th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
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    • 8th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
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    • 8th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
    Thanks for your reply.
    It just says when adding him on
    Please provide details of partners full name and previous address.
    I just wondered if I put his mums, do they check his previous address and the electoral roll?
    Sorry I'm not very bright when it comes to things like this haha
    • CIS
    • By CIS 8th Mar 18, 9:38 PM
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    • 8th Mar 18, 9:38 PM
    It's mainly so they can check that the property they move to is set up correctly but some councils do get awkward if one is not given. You could just write 'not known.

    Craig
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
    • Gp2011
    • By Gp2011 8th Mar 18, 9:50 PM
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    • 8th Mar 18, 9:50 PM
    Yeah thanks.
    I was just going to put his parents address but worries that they'd search and realise he wasn't registered there and he or them then get in trouble for not declaring he lives there. (they're not on benefits or claim and reduction for council tax unless being retired means they get a deduction)
    • jimmo
    • By jimmo 8th Mar 18, 11:14 PM
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    Just in case it helps, my wife and I jointly own our house and are registered for Council Tax as joint owners. Our 2 adult children live with us and are not registered for Council Tax (because they have no financial interest in the house) but they are on the Electoral Register so can vote and can be traced for credit reference purposes.
    I am no expert in Council Tax but am very confident I am doing nothing wrong. I would be only too delighted if the children moved out and gave our address as their previous home to their own Council.
    • singhini
    • By singhini 10th Mar 18, 2:46 PM
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    • 10th Mar 18, 2:46 PM
    give them an address in Poland
    • John-K
    • By John-K 10th Mar 18, 11:43 PM
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    • 10th Mar 18, 11:43 PM
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    • 10th Mar 18, 11:43 PM
    Thanks for your reply.
    It just says when adding him on
    Please provide details of partners full name and previous address.
    I just wondered if I put his mums, do they check his previous address and the electoral roll?
    Sorry I'm not very bright when it comes to things like this haha
    Originally posted by Gp2011
    Why do you care what the effect is? Tell the truth, and all will be well.
    • tenchy
    • By tenchy 12th Mar 18, 4:33 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 4:33 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 4:33 PM
    It's an example of data harvesting. Your only obligation is to inform the council that you no longer qualify for single occupancy from the date in question. Don't tell them his previous address, don't even tell them his name. Just tell them the pertinent facts, or FACT, in this case.
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    • By CIS 12th Mar 18, 5:14 PM
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    The is no obligation to provide it unless the council make a request under regulation 3 of the council tax (ad ministration and enforcement) regs 1992 and then it would be a requirement to provide any information requested to allow the council to determine liability - this could include the forwarding address.

    Ultimately though if the council are not provided with sufficient information to satisfy them that he has left and that a discount is now due they are under no requirement to award the discount.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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