Why do tenants have to pay council tax?
Goodnightseamer · 16/11/2019 10:01
It's a domestic property tax. But tenants don't own any property, so they're paying tax on something they don't own. They didn't use to have to pay rates, but they have to pay council tax. Why? NB council tax is not a tax for use of services so that argument doesn't wash. It is a tax where liability is created by the existence of a domestic property. Which tenants clearly do not own.
FallenSky · 16/11/2019 10:04
All the council tax bills I get give a run down of what it's being spent on, bin collections etc. Have they been lying to me?
Seriously though, I did always presume it was for the services provided in the borough you live in. If it's not, what happens to it?
Legoandloldolls · 16/11/2019 10:07
I thought it paid for bin collecting and the local area type stuff?
Its sometime you would have to pay if you had a mortgage? Like TV license, water rates etc. Its just parcel of living in your own place.
Plus someone has to pay it so the landlord would have to factor in that with the mortgage, insurance, tax, gas safety, blind checks, electricity checks, wear and tear etc etc and adjust the rent?
NorthernSpirit · 16/11/2019 10:10
Council Tax is for YOUR use of services - why do you think someone else should pay for your use?
Do you not use any council planning, transport, highways, police, fire, libraries, leisure and recreation, rubbish collection and disposal, environmental health and trading standards?
weedoogie · 16/11/2019 10:10
Council tax raises money for the council to use to provide services for the residents and businesses in the borough. If tenants weren't liable to pay it then it would need to be paid by the landlords, who would then add it to the rent they charge their tenants.
Seems to me entirely fair that residents of a borough pay for the services that their elected council provides. Otherwise you could get residents who don't pay council taxes choosing a council which taxes heavily those who do pay
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