If Students don’t provide proof I’ll have to pay Council Tax?

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9:06 AM, 6th August 2019
About 6 months ago

If Students don’t provide proof I’ll have to pay Council Tax?

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If Students don’t provide proof I’ll have to pay Council Tax?

I’ve just received a Reminder Notice from Newcastle City Council for the Council Tax (CT) on my student HMO. This is despite me completing the online change of tenancy notice over two months ago.

I called the Council and the gentleman I spoke to (after 32 minutes on hold) was very polite, saying that they need the students to provide proof that they were indeed students. Then he dropped the bombshell that as the property is a licensed HMO, the liability is with the owner.

In other words, if the students don’t provide proof of their education status, then I’ll have to pay the full CT. Providing proof of the tenants’ status is not within my control, so this seems a ludicrous rule. I’m hoping that if this situation comes up they can cross-reference against the Council’s list of students, but if not then I have a significant exposure.

There’s a clause in the contract that says the students are responsible for CT so I guess there’s recourse there, but that could get messy.

Anyone else had a similar experience?



Steve Hards

15:05 PM, 12th August 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Robert at 10/08/2019 - 14:23
@ Robert M - sorry I missed the 'reply' button first time 🙂
"the standard council trick of ending the student exemption as soon as the student's course ends. Not correct."
This is what Southwark does - please could you elaborate on why it is not correct and how the (now ex) students can appeal against it? Thanks

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