I have lived in a property for around 5 yrs now...I have contacted the council on several occasions concerning council tax enrolement ...but the council are saying they have no record of the building I am living in...I am worried what they will do when they find out that I have been living here without paying council tax...what will they do?...and what can I do to avoid any serious action?
Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Please let me know for now whether the Council have confirmed their position in writing please?
no they have not....I received a letter from the valuation joint board today, requesting to arrange a valuation of the property for council tax payment purposes
Ok - do you have any evidence that the council said they have no record and are not liable?
I have no evidence...I was only calling them by phone
I want to pay council tax...but worried what will happen now
Do you know how many times and when?
3 times...the last one being about a year or so ago....I just gave up
Ok - well that is good news.
You will get valued and then liable for Council Tax.
But that should just be for the period they say you are liable from
If they try and bill you before hand you can claim a legitimate expectation. That is they represented you were not liable and therefore can not go back and claim for historic purposes
is that from now then?
If they try to you can appeal it such as going to the Ombudsman or seek a Judicial Review of the decision
I suspect yes from now on
Clearly people are liable for Council tax for peroperties
so what you are saying is that I pay the council tax from now?
and the past is forgotten?
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
but can they not find information to prove I have lived here for a long time?
Even if they can then you can rely on the conversations you had saying at that point you were not liable
surely the council tax form asks how long I have lived here for
They may do but they also said that you were not liable for Council Tax as they couldn't find you
Therefore you can rely on those representations as a legitimate expectation
they just said they couldn't find my building on their records
Indeed, that's not your fault
so...on the form..do I put that ive lived here for 5 yrs?
If that is how long you have lived there for yes
one last question
when I send the form...do the council look into other information etc...for example how long ive been with suppliers like Scottish power...and do they look into who I bank with etc?
Unlikely in this situation, that power is only to do with Housing Benefit payments.
Of course they can look on the electors roll or do a credit search
ok...well they would find me on a credit search as I have had cars on financ
ok...thanks for your help