Who must pay council tax

Telephone scam warning

We have been made aware of a telephone scam in which a well-spoken caller falsely claims the government is re-banding properties for council tax, and asks for payment so an inspector can visit your property to carry out a survey.

If you receive a request like this you should end the call immediately. Do not make a payment or share bank or payment card details.

Long absence from your main home

You could have a main home but also own or rent another property nearer your work to use during the week, only returning to your main home at weekends.

Examples of people who spend a long time away from their main home are:

  • salespeople
  • members of the armed services
  • those working at sea

By law, even if you spent time away, your main home is where you 'intend to return' and 'where you would live'

It is also where your partner and children live.

A court has agreed that a property can remain a person's main residence even if they remove the furniture while they are away.