Can Council Tax be clawed back from past tenants for banding error?

Can Council Tax be clawed back from past tenants for banding error?

10:11 AM, 6th June 2022, About 2 months ago 3

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Some of my tenants have just moved and have forwarded across the Council Tax bill to confirm payments up to the end of the tenancy. However, on the paperwork, I have noticed that the Council Tax bill has been wrongly billed to band A and not band C as it should be for this property.

My question is, would the Council in question be able to claw back Council Tax from any and all of the tenants who have resided in the property over the past 6 years, assuming the banding has been incorrectly banded for multiple tenancies?

I can confirm this is Leeds City Council and I wonder if anyone has had prior experience of Council Tax being wrongly banded, ie. Lower than it should be, and the Council subsequently tried to claw back the difference from the outgoing tenants?

Many thanks
Ann



Comments

Anthony Endsor

15:53 PM, 6th June 2022, About 2 months ago

It's probably best just to keep quiet about it until they write to either you or your tenants. They'll have a job getting the money out of previous tenants now unless they've got a forwarding address.

AnthonyG

16:32 PM, 6th June 2022, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Anthony Endsor at 06/06/2022 - 15:53
My understanding is that council tax is between the council and the occupier, so there is no need for you to get involved at all in council tax potentially underpaid by tenants.

pbez64 pbez64

12:17 PM, 11th June 2022, About 2 months ago

Depends what you mean by incorrect banding. If their bill shows property is in band A then that is its current entry on valuation list and what the local authority has to charge.Why do you think it is a Band C? I need a few more details to give you the correct information. Perhaps the original property has been split by the VOA into separate units of accommodation each attracting their own CT charge? What is address of property on bill-does it look like the whole of your property or just a part of it?
You can always check via http://www.voa.gov.uk using the post code to see what entries exist for your property? Anthony is correct that liability rests with the tenants during the term of their tenancy.

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