Who should pay Council Tax

Find out who is responsible for paying Council Tax.

Overview

If you are 18 years or over, live in a home you own or rent, you will need to pay Council Tax, unless:

  • you are exempt from paying Council Tax
  • your landlord or the owner of the property should be responsible

If your property is shared with other people

If the property is shared with other people who have separate tenancy agreements to live in the property, the property may be considered to be a house in multiple occupation (HMO). You will usually rent a private room and share facilities like the kitchen and bathroom or other communal living areas. This means the landlord or owner will be responsible for paying the Council Tax and not the tenants.

If you have a joint tenancy agreement that names you and all the other persons living in the property, you will all be responsible for paying the Council Tax.

If more than one person is responsible to pay the Council Tax bill

If there is more than one person responsible for paying the Council Tax, you will be joint and severally liable meaning we can legally recover the full amount of money owed from any of the individuals.

Adding someone to your Council Tax bill

If you wish to add someone to your Council Tax bill, please view the add someone to your Council Tax bill page.

If no one is living at the property

Usually, the landlord or owner is responsible for the Council Tax if no one is living at the property.

If you rent the property, you may remain responsible for Council Tax until the end of your tenancy, even if you move out before this. It is important that you notify us when you move out and when your tenancy ends so that you are charged for the correct period.