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    • crum
    • By crum 9th May 18, 7:16 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 7:16 PM
    Utility debt 9th May 18 at 7:16 PM
    Hello,

    Helping out a relative that has found themselves in a pickle!

    They separated, she left the property and has since found he hasnít paid any utilities for some time.

    I have read that council tax & energy they will be jointly responsible for and will not be halved. So say if she was to clear half, they would still pursue her for the other half if he doesnt pay.

    Water rates iíve found to be a grey area....Jointly and severally means they can chase you both for the debt and will not be halved. If one party pays their half, they will still be chased for the other half.

    ď Adults living in a property are jointly responsible for paying water and sewage charges, even if only one personís name is on the bill. If the named person leaves the property, the water company is likely to chase the person who still lives there for previous debts as well as future bills.Ē

    So.....how does she stand regarding the water rates? Will she ever be chased for them? Or can she get the other debt cleared and leave this for him to sort as she is already aware he has no intention of clearing any of it?

    Thanks for much for your time.
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    • CIS
    • By CIS 9th May 18, 7:59 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 7:59 PM
    Regarding Council Tax and assuming England/Wales;

    Key question - Is the council tax charge from before or after she moved out (or both) ?

    For any period where two or more people fall liable for the council tax then each person is fully responsible for ensuring full payment - the council could choose to pursue one person for the whole balance is they wish.
    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.
    • crum
    • By crum 9th May 18, 8:07 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 8:07 PM
    All the debt incurred is before she left and she has notified all utilities of the date she moved out to ensure she is not pursued for anything further.
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    • By CIS 9th May 18, 8:15 PM
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    All the debt incurred is before she left and she has notified all utilities of the date she moved out to ensure she is not pursued for anything further.
    Originally posted by crum
    In which case the council tax debt is joint (except in certain specific cases). If the council know where they both are they may agree to try the other party for the other half but if they are unsuccessful then they can still come back for the rest.
    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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    • By crum 9th May 18, 8:22 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 8:22 PM
    Any idea how she stands for the water rates please?
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    • By CIS 9th May 18, 8:44 PM
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    Any idea how she stands for the water rates please?
    Originally posted by crum
    If they're both named on the water then the same principal would apply but they can only properly enforce after a CCJ - they could apply for the CCJ in only one name if they wished though...
    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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