Landlords are not liable for council tax if a tenant leaves early
Mon 21 Nov 2016
An important judgement has been given by the Court of Appeal who has confirmed that landlords are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property after a tenant has moved out of the property before the tenancy agreement has expired.
Leeds City Council had appealed an earlier decision by the High Court which had ruled that a landlord of 5 properties was not liable for the council tax when the properties were empty, as the tenancies had not been formally ended by either the landlord or tenant.
The Appeal Court rejected the appeal and confirmed that council tax liability remained with the tenant and not the landlord.
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