Normally the person who lives in a property will have to pay the council tax.
The first person that appears in the list below should pay.
- an owner occupier or the owner occupiers
- a tenant or tenants
- a licensee
- someone who lives in the property with no security of tenure
Who doesn't need to pay Council Tax?
Certain rules apply for example where someone suffers from a severe mental impairment or where a full time student lives with someone who is not a student.
There are also times when the owner will have to pay rather than the resident, for example:
- properties that are nobody's main home
- homes where the tenants have separate tenancy agreements for part of the property or where it has been adapted for partial occupation (for example bedsits)
- care homes, nursing homes, and night shelters
- religious communities (monasteries or convents)
- properties which are not the owner's main home but are occupied by their domestic staff
- homes where a minister of religion lives and works
- properties occupied by asylum seekers who are receiving support directly from the Home Office.
If any of these apply to you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We also have a section explaining Discounts and Exemptions.