Local government has been at the heart of law-making for hundreds of years, and during that time there have been scores of Local Government Acts. Thankfully, only a small corner of it is relevant to landlords. Most of the many thousands of words of legalese are concerned with how regional responsibilities are carved up, and with making sure our councils are getting the best value out of the public funds that trickle their way.
For some reason people seem to resent council tax a bit more than other forms of tax. Perhaps it’s because for most people their income tax and national insurance contributions are skimmed off their pay before the money ever hits their account, while VAT is usually included in the stated price of goods and services so we don’t always notice it. Council tax, on the other hand, comes in the form of significant monthly payments or a big annual bill.
Bringing an empty home back into use can improve the whole neighbourhood. Empty homes are a wasted resource, especially when housing is in such short supply.
The old saying goes that two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Of the latter, it’s council tax that many of us seem to feel most keenly. Where most tax is quietly pilfered from our pay packets before the money ever hits our pockets, council tax is a substantial hit that disappears painfully from your account each month, usually at the least convenient moment.
Many private landlords will be familiar with that sinking feeling that accompanies the sight of a council-branded envelope on the doormat. But while councils can be frustrating to deal with, the truth is that owning a property in an area gives you responsibilities as well as rights – even if you don’t live there – and it’s usually not unreasonable for the local authority to remind you of this. Under some circumstances, these responsibilities might include paying the council tax on the property.
The old saying goes that death and taxes are the only two certainties in this world. You’ll pay some form of tax on most things you buy and do, and renting or owning a home is no exception. The majority of people have to pay council tax, though how much will depend on the size of the property, the number of people who live there, and your own circumstances.
As a landlord you have a lot of responsibilities. Not only do you need to ensure all the relevant taxes on your property and rental income are paid, you must also provide accommodation that fulfils the (seemingly) growing list of requirements to ensure its fit for human habitation, at the number of tenants you allow.
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As a tenant it can be a struggle to try and calculate your monthly budget after rent, especially if you are unsure as to which bills you are actually responsible for. In this blog we will discuss which bills you, the tenant, needs to pay and which are the responsibility of the Landlord.