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council tax - how long can someone 'lodge' before they are legally bound to pay it?

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hartlyhare3y, 7m agoPosted 3 years, 7 months ago
How long can someone stay at another person's house before they have to start paying council tax? They are there till they can afford to rent a place of there own, and the person they are staying with pays his council tax but only as a single person..........
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hartlyhare3y, 7m agoPosted 3 years, 7 months ago
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Syzable[mod] 1 Like #1
If they are over 18 then immediately...........if under 18 not at all.
bossyboots#2
As Sy said - immediately
ilovepink#3
inb4 .......everything
csimanbanned#4
inb4 OP realises friends are now committing fraud ;)
RachaelSelina#5
Dont know if it changes per council but i actually discussed this with my council and i think it was about 30 days, if they are staying free of charge, at the time i was living alone and they tild me i did not need to ring up or cancel my single occupant discount everytime a friend or family member came to stay- thats ridiculous. Of course if someone was to stay longer or move in then you would have to provide the correct information about when they came. So if helping friend without taking money then i'd say a month, but even if theyre staying free, if its longer than 30 days you should declare as would lose single occupant discount. If charging friend from outset then should be declared straight away. But id double check with your particular council.
thesaint#6
So much misinformation early in this thread.

OP, ask your friend to phone the council tax dept of their local authority.
AberdeenDad#7
Syzable
If they are over 18 then immediately...........if under 18 not at all.


bossyboots
As Sy said - immediately


This is surely not right - if I go to stay with my mum for a week then I cannot pay CT there for just that week. There must be a point where if you stay for longer it would be a CT liability. Since lots of people go away for 2 weeks, I would think that it must be 3 weeks at least. Probably asking the council is the best idea.
RickT#8
Syzable
If they are over 18 then immediately...........if under 18 not at all.


That's clearly an incorrect statement.

For example, if someone comes to stay at your house for the weekend, you don't have to tell them.

OP - contact your local council.
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AberdeenDad
Syzable
If they are over 18 then immediately...........if under 18 not at all.


bossyboots
As Sy said - immediately


This is surely not right - if I go to stay with my mum for a week then I cannot pay CT there for just that week. There must be a point where if you stay for longer it would be a CT liability. Since lots of people go away for 2 weeks, I would think that it must be 3 weeks at least. Probably asking the council is the best idea.


Yes, but that's staying as a visit, plus you'll already be paying council tax where you live.. From the OP, ther person is moving in until they can afford their own place to rent so therefore it's becoming their permanant residence.
csimanbanned#10
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AberdeenDad
Syzable
If they are over 18 then immediately...........if under 18 not at all.


bossyboots
As Sy said - immediately


This is surely not right - if I go to stay with my mum for a week then I cannot pay CT there for just that week. There must be a point where if you stay for longer it would be a CT liability. Since lots of people go away for 2 weeks, I would think that it must be 3 weeks at least. Probably asking the council is the best idea.


Yes, but that's staying as a visit, plus you'll already be paying council tax where you live.. From the OP, ther person is moving in until they can afford their own place to rent so therefore it's becoming their permanant residence.

correct
Alfonse#11
depends on the local council
caz1cool#12
If that is their current residence and they are not paying CT at another address then they should be included on your friends
simplyjimbo[mod]#13
Whilst you are at your computer on the net, for clear and exact information, check the council website. Simple and easy.
Shengis#14
Thought this was council tax not poll tax. It's property based not person based. If the ops friends claiming single occupancy discount then that's all that needs sorting, everything else is between the friend and 'lodger'.
Inactive#15
Tell them you are Minister of the Church, they don't pay council tax.
ryouga#16
This brings up an interesting thought for me, what happens with students who go back to parents for summer but then return to same property which has their possessions in.

Do they have to show their student exemption for their parents house? And what if they move back to their parents for summer with their possessions and dont pay rent elsewhere? etc.

Not that it affects me I am just thinking about it.
Shengis 1 Like #17
ryouga
This brings up an interesting thought for me, what happens with students who go back to parents for summer but then return to same property which has their possessions in.

Do they have to show their student exemption for their parents house? And what if they move back to their parents for summer with their possessions and dont pay rent elsewhere? etc.

Not that it affects me I am just thinking about it.

I refer you to post #17. Council tax is based on the value of a property not how many people live there.

In b4 racist comments lol.
annibooboo#18
Got me thinking ..... There must be people who are 'council tax cheats' perhaps living with parents/girlfriends/boyfriends or whatever and have never paid council tax. What happens when they buy/or rent a place of their own?

They have to tell the council where they have moved from? We don't hear of council tax cheats do we? But they must exist. I struggle to pay my council tax every month!!!
Shengis#19
annibooboo
Got me thinking ..... There must be people who are 'council tax cheats' perhaps living with parents/girlfriends/boyfriends or whatever and have never paid council tax. What happens when they buy/or rent a place of their own?

They have to tell the council where they have moved from? We don't hear of council tax cheats do we? But they must exist. I struggle to pay my council tax every month!!!

How many times.... Council tax is based on PROPERTY not how many people live there.

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