15:35 PM, 7th March 2022, About 2 years ago 8
We have just come across a petition to ‘Prevent Council Tax bills being charged for individual bedroom lets.’ Click Here
Surprisingly, it’s been up and running for almost six months already. At the time of writing, there are only 4,999 signatures on it and 10,000 are needed to take it to the next stage. Imagine what could happen if we don’t get to 10,000! Unfortunately, time is now very tight as the petition closes this coming Wednesday, 9th March!
Clearly, we are a long way behind where we would wish to be, so the reason for contacting you is to see if you are in a position to be able to notify all Property 118 members of this petition to get us over the first line.
Maybe others are aware of this petition, but I wasn’t until now, so I presume that many more landlords won’t be aware either.
We would like the Government to amend legislation on how Council Tax is charged to prevent the Valuation Office Agency from “disaggregating” Council Tax bands so individual bedrooms in properties are given their own band and Council Tax bill. The problem affects a growing number of room let tenants.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector in their report of 2014, Access to Private Rented Housing for the Under 35s, highlighted evidence of people in these properties facing Council Tax arrears, and being driven into less economically vibrant areas. The group recommended that the Government consider banning the practice of Council Tax being applied to bedsit rooms or introduce a more realistic Council Tax band for such accommodation.