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Clare, Solicitor
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Sir.... Does a "letting agent" become liable council tax on

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Sir.... Does a "letting agent" become liable for paying council tax on an empty property?
The property is empty and being sold. It belonged to my late partner. I have never lived in the property nor am I named on any deeds relating to the property.
I have been granted probate in January 2016 in order to proceed with the sale.
When my partner was alive the property was being rented out as we both lived at my own house.
The property in question is solely in her name.
Council are now saying that as "letting agent" I have become liable for council tax payment until the house is sold.
Any advice would be appreciated
Kind regards
Geoff Liddle

Thank you for your question

My name is Clare

I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first.

\Who is due to inherit the Estate?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the plan was to leave the property to her 3 surviving daughters, aged 25, 24, 17, however she had a very aggressive form of cancer and no formal will was ever drawn up
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
once the property is sold I will be dividing any monies between the girls

On what basis have you obtained Letters of Administration?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She and I were married in the latter stages of her illness, which meant we were actually married for a total of 6 weeks before she passed away. So I obtained probate on that basis

Ah I see - that explains it

I am not sure if you are aware that a telephone call costs more.

However the fact is that the ESTATE is liable for Council Tax until the property is sold - it has nothing to do with your being (or not being ) a "letting agent"

However you should be able to claim the six months allowance given after probate has been granted