Fair Shares in HMO?

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    Any thoughts please? “E” band house in multiple occupation occupied by 2 single adults and 4 under 18’s not related to either adult. Each occupier on independent HB. Landlord liable for CT under HMO provisions. Been told that l/lord should claim indemnity against share of CT liability from each occupier, but under 18’s not liable for CT ! Apparently no provision in their HB / Rent officer assessments. Either that leaves l/lord to pay four sixths of the CT, or “overcharge” the 2 single adults to an extent that they couldn’t afford to pay. Neither seems fair. Anyone out there solved a similar problem?


    chris harvey

    Don’t see much of a problem here. The landlord is liable for the Council Tax. The tenants are liable to pay rent to the landlord. The landlord has to recover his costs of running the property (repairs, maintenance insurance, council tax etc) through his rent charge. His rent charge should reflect his costs and most landlords in my experience would charge their tenants a rent that reflects this. They would only charge different rents to reflect different room sizes or standard of accommodation. The landlords Council Tax charge is just another bill associated with the property and is factored into the rent charges of all the tenants irrespective of the tenants circumstances. I don’t know what the indemnity you mention is about.

    All the tenants can claim HB on the rent charge. If it includes an element for the landlords council tax, this is eligible for HB. The level of HB will be dependant on the eligible rent and the Rent Officers determinations (Local Reference Rent etc).

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