Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and Council Tax – as a landlord of an HMO am I responsible for paying the Council Tax, or is it down to my tenants to pay it themselves?
Where a dwelling (or room in a house) is constructed or adapted for self-contained living with all facilities it is liable to be rated separately for Council Tax (House in Multiple Occupation) – in other words the occupier (tenant) pays the Council Tax.
Where a dwelling (or room in a house) is constructed or adapted for self-contained living with a kitchen, but with shared bathroom & toilet etc it is also liable to be rated separately for Council Tax.
Where the dwelling (room in a house) is not rated separately (ie occupier shares kitchen facilities) Council Tax will be payable by the landlord.
Carrying out works to provide exclusive use kitchens may mean that Council Tax increases.
In practice, with HMOs, every case is considered on its merits and a Revenues Inspector will be asked to visit the property prior to the Council making a decision.
By Tom Entwistle,
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