Nick Faulkner

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Tuesday 24th September 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 27

Nick Faulkner

13:03 PM, 7th August 2019
About 3 months ago

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

Mr B2L
I think if half the rooms are let to exempt students and half are empty CT is not payable....after all nobody tells you how many student you must house. Therefore if all tenants paying are exempt effectively the house is exempt.
We have a house (registered HMO) with one non-exempt person and four exempt.The non-exempt person pays CT with a 25% reduction for single person occupancy ....so she is paying 75% of the total CT for the house....and seems quite happy about it as she has just renewed her tenancy for the third year... Read More

Nick Faulkner

11:45 AM, 7th August 2019
About 3 months ago

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

Reply to the comment left by Freda Blogs at 07/08/2019 - 11:14There are problems with "joint & several " agreements for students.While I have been a student landlord for decades and enjoy most of my student tenants they can be a bit flakey.... they get homesick, dislike the others on their course or in their house, they can't hack the work ....for whatever reason one or two drop out. A J&S agreement then requires the other tenants to pay their departed colleague's rent until they can find a replacement . If the system worked as it should the landlord is protected...he gets his rent.
However it does not work as it should. Students are generally poor financial managers and can barely cope with their own rent let alone having enough to pay the rent of the person who has dropped out. Therefore several years ago we ceased to use J&S contracts. The hassles involved in chasing the lost rent were rarely successful and usually involved upsetting the remaining,perhaps excellent, tenants.
So we issue individual agreements. This, of course, brings other problems because it creates an HMO even if it is a non-registerable one. ....and the liability for Council Tax falls on the landlord. One has therefore be careful to word the agreement to ensure the tenant student is aware that he may be liable for CT if he drops out or leave the tenancy.
Some colleges have an arrangement with the council to automatically notify the council of their students. Others do not so you then have to chase the students for their Council Tax Exemption forms. When you point out the danger of therm having to pay several hundred pound of the tax it usually concentrates their minds PDQ.... Read More

Nick Faulkner

14:31 PM, 6th August 2019
About 3 months ago

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

Reply to the comment left by Mr B2L at 06/08/2019 - 13:46No...at least none I am, aware of. the properties we own have been student houses or HMOs for several years. The only inspections we have had are in relationship to the registration of the HMOs after the recent changes in legislation .... Read More

Nick Faulkner

13:38 PM, 6th August 2019
About 3 months ago

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

Get real..... this has been the case for several years. The landlord of an HMO is liable for the Council Tax. If you are housing students they should provide you with a Council Tax exemption certificate. If they do not and your tenancy agreements are correctly written they should be liable to you to pay the relevant amount of Council Tax.
If you have not been pressed by the council you have been lucky. We have been in the business of providing student accommodation for over 40 years. In former times if you could prove the house to be a student property they gave us an annual exemption..... but...alas... no longer.
Nowadays Norwich City Council start charging the day the student's course ends. As a matter of principle they issue a full bill for the whole house for the year to us as landlords.
This has forced us to develop procedures to deal with the problem and a reasonable relationship with the council's CT dept.However this does not prevent their computer issuing County court summons while we are disputing some of their claims. We continue and all the summons are eventually withdrawn.
These hassles are tiresome but legally correct. If you cannot cope with them you are in the wrong business and should leave it to the professionals.... Read More

Nick Faulkner

10:44 AM, 6th December 2018
About 11 months ago

Student Council tax exemption - Proof required?

Reply to the comment left by Freda Blogs at 06/12/2018 - 10:21
What on earth are you moaning about? The council has to collect Council Tax and students get an exemption but the landlord is responsible for the CT on an HMO and most student houses are HMOs. Therefore if you want not to pay it is up to you to provide evidence in the correct form that they are students ...you need to see ,copy and supply to the council and "Exemption Certificate"
If they are genuine students they will have one or their college will provide one if the student asks for it (it is unlikely the college will provide one to the landlord directly). Gone are the days when you could tell the council it is a "Student House" and they would accept it. Our local council charge us CT up to the beginning of the term and from the day the course ends. If you have one tenant in the house who is not a student they are charged the full amount for the house less 25% two non-students and the full amount is charged. We get no exemption for voids and County Court summons for delays in payments while we are waiting for the student/agent or college to sort out the Exemption Certificates.
You have had it easy but all good things come to an end when dealing with cash -strapped councils.... Read More