We’re planning a few simple blog posts over the next few weeks to remind landlords of some of the basics about Council Tax, starting off with a quick one about new tenants in your property.
If you’re not as dull as me (and I really can be dull) you probably don’t think about Council Tax very much, which means you could be forgetting some of the things you need to know. If you do – you’re not alone. Landlords on occasion get things wrong or sometimes don’t realise how important Council Tax is. This can lead to issues when administering the tax and this can in turn impact upon landlords.
If things go wrong with a Council Tax account where we haven’t had the right information at the right time, or the landlord may have misinterpreted something, it can only cause delays, confusion and sometimes extra expense. As a consequence we’ll be putting out reminders to try and help the process run smoothly.
Here’s the first. It might seem too obvious, but we know from the contacts we have with landlords that it does need re-stating.
If someone moves in or out of your property, tell us (that’s the council’s Revenues and Benefits Service) straight away. This means we can get the right bill to the right person and avoid unnecessary hassle for everyone. Hopefully, your tenant(s) will tell us when they move in or out, but this isn’t always the case.
Remember that if there is a period, even if very short where your property does not have a tenant, as the landlord you will be responsible to pay the Council Tax until the next tenancy starts.
The best way to notify us is online, via a MySandwell account. A MySandwell account lets you share information with us and other Sandwell services and keep track of all your interactions with the council. Once you’ve opened the account – it’s quick and easy to use.