Hi I am new to forums so I apologise in advance if I do something wrong. I have read some posts re council tax but need advice please.
I rented a house to 2 students (who are exempt from council tax)and 1 working person. It states in his contract that he has to pay council tax and he received the single person discount. The council have had copies of the contracts and said he had to pay Council Tax to me and I had to pay it to them. Since then he has lost his job.
We have been told that he is not entitled to Council Tax Benefit because it is a house with shared facilities and that I as landlord am liable because my name is on the account as they class it as an HMO.
How can this be correct? They were perfectly happy for him to pay council tax for a whole property when he was working, but are now using the fact that he shares a house against him. He cannot afford to pay the council tax despite it being in his contract, because he cannot get benefit. I do not live in that property and already pay my council Tax on the house where I live.
When I spoke to the council they were unsympathetic and said I have to charge it him in his rent as before. I have cancelled my direct debit to the council until this is resolved - does anyone have any advice as I do not intend to pay this council tax for my tennant.