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for the avoidance of doubt, from what you say, you have never been on the deeds of the property as a homeowner but merely lived in the property with your partner who was the homeowner and registered owner at the land registry at all times during that period. Is that correct these?
thank you. The relevant legislation is the local government Finance act 1992 which contains a strict order of priority in respect of who is responsible for council tax in a particular property. Because from what you say, your ex-partner was the resident and owner of the property, and you were not the owner but were only resident in the property, your ex-partner has liability for the council tax not you. If there is any debate in this respect, you can refer to section 6(2) of the local government finance act in this regard:
accordingly, you can consider denying any liability for council tax on the above basis making it clear to any party that is claiming you are responsible that you have never had an interest in the property and simply occupied it as a lodger with the homeowner
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