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Council Tax - Landlords Tenancy Changes


Use this form if you are a landlord renting out a property, the responsibility for paying council tax depends on what sort of letting arrangement you have.

When is the tenant responsible for paying?

If you are renting the whole of the property to one person or family, then it is the responsibility of your tenant to pay the council tax and we will send the bill to them.

If you rent the property to more than one person, but they are joint tenants, then they are jointly responsible for paying the council tax and we will send the bill to them.

When is the landlord responsible for paying?

However, if you rent out the property to several people and they each have an individual tenancy agreement with you to occupy only part of the building, the property is a 'house in multiple occupation' (HMO). The law says that you, as the landlord, are responsible for paying the council tax, and you will receive the bill.

Examples of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs):
A shared house where four tenants each have an agreement (they are not joint tenants) with the landlord to rent their own bedroom and use the shared facilities (kitchen, bathroom, living rooms).

A house divided into several bedsits where each tenant has an agreement with the landlord to rent their own bedsit. If there is only one tenant renting one bedsit (maybe because the landlord is still looking for new tenants) this is still an HMO, even though the other bedsits are unoccupied.

Please note that the rules about which properties count as HMOs for council tax are different from the rules about which count as HMOs for licensing.

The owner or landlord is responsible together with an incoming or outgoing tenant to let us know about any changes in occupancy of the property.

Please use this form to keep us up to date in any tenancy changes.


This form consists of 4 pages and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Please note when filling in this form, any field with a red asterisk (*) indicates a mandatory field.
If you are having trouble understanding any of the questions click on the blue box with the question mark in it next to the question and this will provide more information.
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