dispute with council over council tax

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    dispute with council over council tax

    i have been billed for council tax for a property that was rent out. the tenant also ran a pub. he left last november , i told the council he had gone and informed them when the new tenant moved in . they billed me for when the property was empty. and i paid that bill . now 8 moths later the tenat as been tracked down and told them he left in august and as he as been paying bills at the pub they ahve taken his side and billed me from august, anyone know how i can prove he was there. he had been a tenat for three years and the last year we just carried on his tennacy

    #2
    You appeal to the council with whatever evidence you have, and if they reject that, appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.
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    I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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      #3
      How did he inform you that he was ending the tenancy and wanted to leave ? Do you have any texts he sent or letters etc you can show, what about utility bills which i gather he must of settled at the end of his tenancy.

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        #4
        i have texted about from him about rent payments also one saying he as dropped the keys off. but council will not look at them i have screen shot them . i had all the utility bills but threw them away when i thought it was all sorted when i got the bill for the empty period. only bill he always paid was for the internet. but i do not now how i can get hold of that.

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          #5
          Ask utility company for copy of bill. Any inventory? Do you have a date when property was first advertised ?

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            #6
            If he was in the fixed term of his tenancy, (assuming it wad 6 months or more) then you can show the Council the signed TA as he will have clear CT liability. If not then gather what you can. Youve been a bit lax about evidence and record keeping so it may be tricky.

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              #7
              first thanks to you all for replys. i did have everything electric, gas, internet bills speeding fines, unpaid council tax bill. i took it all in last november . as they did not dispute it , they said there was no need .to copy it. so april this year i binned it .i never thought they were going to bill me 8 months later.;

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                #8
                Then note that in your appeal. They accepted the earlier declaration, so as far as you were concerned documentary evidence of the tenant's occupation was no longer needed to be kept and hence it was destroyed accordingly. They can't go back on their acceptance unless there's evidence you lied. The tenant's words are not evidence as it's just their words against yours.
                I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

                I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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