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Ash, Solicitor
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How can I find out if our landlord, who is charging us VAT?

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How can I find out if our landlord, who is charging us VAT on top of our rent, has the option to tax or is just adding it on for his own profit?

Alex Watts : Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.
Alex Watts : Is there a VAT number on the invoices? Is vat shown on them?

We don't have any invoices from him, only a lease agreement.

Alex Watts : Ok. You need to have invoices. If there is vat charged there should be a vat number on it.
Alex Watts : Then you can call hmrc and ask.
Alex Watts : By law he has to include a vat number.
Alex Watts : By law you must have an invoie
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

So can I demand an invoice as this goes back to 2009 for the original agreement, he is now chasing arrears which we do not dispute but don't agree with the figures he is quoting?

Alex Watts : Yes, by law you can demand invoices.
Alex Watts : But he must by law give you a vat invoice, showing the vat number.
Alex Watts : If you know who the company or indivuA
Alex Watts : If you know who the company or individ
Alex Watts : If you know who the company or individual is you could call hmrc anyway and ask.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything?

He has a company but the lease agreement is in his name only and all payments have been made direct to him. Does that mean if his company is VAT registered he would still need a VAT number for himself?

Alex Watts : Yes.
Alex Watts : The company and him and two separate entitles.
Alex Watts : entities.
Alex Watts : If he has been charging vat this is a Criminal offence and you could seek repayment of those sums.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything?

Right, I have spoken to our secretary who set up the lease and it turns out the payments are made to a third party (a grass roots football club) so if I get in touch with HMRC do I ask if this club is VAT registered as opposed to him?

Alex Watts : Yes. But you should be paying who is named on the lease.
Alex Watts : Does that help?

Yes, i take it this is a case of money laundering by the sounds of it?

Alex Watts : Yes indeed.
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