Myth-busting – Electrical Safety installations Act 202011:19 AM, 3rd August 2020
About 2 days ago 50
Hello, I received a very weird legal letter about arrears in council tax. This derives from a period in which an outgoing tenant did not pay council tax (or rent).
The situation is this. June 2019 no rent received. I chase, but tenants avoid me. The tenant abandons property with lots of mess. Their month runs till 29 June and I get keys back around 27 June, but did not get notice. It is agreed that I keep the deposit as the last month’s rent.
New tenant get keys on 13 July and contract begins 18 July (they get it early).
Question is: Obviously the outgoing tenant is responsible for non-paid council tax till 29 June. They didn’t give notice, but just abandoned the property. Am I, therefore, responsible for the council tax for the empty period?
Finally, when is the new tenant responsible from: the day they took over or the day the formal contract began?
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