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Add someone to your council tax account

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If you want to report a change of occupants, see Tell us someone has moved in or out of your home.

If you want to add an existing occupant to your current council tax account, see below.

Whether an occupant should be named on a council tax bill depends on their status within the property.

Not all occupants can be named on a council tax bill. For example, an occupant will not be named on the bill if:

  • they are living with their parent(s) who own the property
  • they are living with their parent(s) who rent the property but have not signed the tenancy agreement themselves
  • they are living with the owner(s) of the property but are not a joint owner themselves
  • they are living with the tenant(s) named on the tenancy agreement but have not signed the tenancy agreement themselves

In some circumstances, an occupant who is disregarded will not appear on the bill, for example:

  • A qualifying student who is disregarded for Council Tax purposes, for the duration of the course will be removed from the liable parties shown on the bill but will remain a named occupier.
  • A qualifying person with a severe mental impairment who is disregarded for Council Tax purposes will be removed from the liable parties shown on the bill but will remain a named occupier. 

Both of the above are adjustments made as per council tax legislation.

To find out if someone should be named on the council tax bill or not, see Who is responsible for paying the council tax?

Add your partner to your council tax bill

You can request to have your partner's name added if you are married, living together as husband and wife, civil partners, living together as civil partners, or have an equal interest in the property under the hierarchy of responsibility.

You will generally need to provide one of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Civil partnership certificate
  • Proof of joint ownership, such as a mortgage statement
  • Proof of joint tenancy, such as a tenancy agreement

You can submit the document along with your request using the Evidence Upload Form.

Add a joint tenant to your council tax bill

If you are renting your property with any joint tenants who are not named on your bill, please provide your tenancy agreement that confirms the tenants concerned.

If a person currently named on the bill has moved out, please also confirm the date they moved and their forwarding address.

You can submit the tenancy agreement using the Evidence Upload Form.

Add a joint owner to your council tax bill

If there is a joint owner who lives in the property and they are not currently named on the bill, please provide proof of ownership such as:

  • mortgage statement
  • title deeds

You can submit the document using the Evidence Upload Form.

Add someone who is not a partner, joint tenant or joint owner

If the person who you want to add to the bill is not your partner, joint tenant or joint owner then it is unlikely that they can be named on the bill.

For further details see Who is responsible for paying the council tax?