council tax.


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Simon

Does anyone know where I can find details of the average council taxes in
different parts of London?

Also, am I right in thinking students do not have to pay council tax still?

Thanks!!!!!!!
 
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dp

Does anyone know where I can find details of the average council taxes in
different parts of London?
The various council sites will have this information.
Also, am I right in thinking students do not have to pay council tax
still?

No.

If you are living in a property occupied only by students (like Halls of
residence) you do not have to pay. If you are on a low income you do not
have to pay the full amount. If you rent a room/bedsit in a house, you do
not have to pay (the landlord should pay).

Beware that councils are reluctant to backdate claims for council tax
benefits and discounts so unless you claim early for any the above reasons
you could well get a demand for the full amount. If the students' union is
any good where you are going they will confirm the above and provide the
right forms.

Search on google for "student council tax" for more information.
 
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Paul C

Try this site

http://www.upmystreet.com/

put in the post code you require, then follow the council information and
then the council tax at the bottom. It is all graded to the different types
of property.

PaulC
 
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Ronald Raygun

Simon said:
Also, am I right in thinking students do not have to pay council tax
still?
Yes, but only almost, which basically means No. Properties occupied
only by students are exempt, but for other properties students don't
count when determining which discount applies. So as soon as there
is even just one non-student living there, the full 75% CT becomes
payable. If that one person can't afford it, he'll either have to
move out, or the students will have to contribute.

This is particularly problematic when, say, three students club
together to rent a flat, and then one of them ceases to be a
student. It can put a strain on a friendship. If the students
can find another student with which to replace their ex-student,
the ex-student is likely to become an ex-friend. If they can't,
then it could work out more expensive for them to kick him out
than to pay a 1/3 share of the 75% CT, because they would have
to pay 1/2 the rent each instead of 1/3.

The situation can be exacerbated by HMO rules. You can have 3
students in a non-HMO provided two of them are related, but if
one of the related ones is the non-student, they'll be difficult
to replace, since you can't just bring in any old 3rd person if
the flat isn't licenced for multiple occupation.
 
S

Simon

Ronald Raygun said:
Yes, but only almost, which basically means No. Properties occupied
only by students are exempt, but for other properties students don't
count when determining which discount applies. So as soon as there
is even just one non-student living there, the full 75% CT becomes
payable. If that one person can't afford it, he'll either have to
move out, or the students will have to contribute.

This is particularly problematic when, say, three students club
together to rent a flat, and then one of them ceases to be a
student. It can put a strain on a friendship. If the students
can find another student with which to replace their ex-student,
the ex-student is likely to become an ex-friend. If they can't,
then it could work out more expensive for them to kick him out
than to pay a 1/3 share of the 75% CT, because they would have
to pay 1/2 the rent each instead of 1/3.

The situation can be exacerbated by HMO rules. You can have 3
students in a non-HMO provided two of them are related, but if
one of the related ones is the non-student, they'll be difficult
to replace, since you can't just bring in any old 3rd person if
the flat isn't licenced for multiple occupation.
OK, my situation is that I'm looking to move to London with my girlfriend.
She is a student. I am not. Since the council tax is on the property
(rather than per person), I guess that whether she is liable or not does not
change the total amount to pay.

What do you mean by the 75% CT (why not 100% CT)? Forgive my ignorance.
Thanks.
 
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Ronald Raygun

Simon said:
OK, my situation is that I'm looking to move to London with my girlfriend.
She is a student. I am not.
What do you mean by the 75% CT (why not 100% CT)? Forgive my ignorance.
100% is payable in respect of properties occupied by two or more
people who count. Properties occupied by only one person get a 25%
discount. The same applies if it's occupied by several people of
which all but one are students. So it would apply to you too.
 
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Simon

Ronald Raygun said:
100% is payable in respect of properties occupied by two or more
people who count. Properties occupied by only one person get a 25%
discount. The same applies if it's occupied by several people of
which all but one are students. So it would apply to you too.
Do people who are unemployed pay CT? And how much do people get off if they
are on low income? Thanks, again.
 
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Ronald Raygun

Simon said:
Do people who are unemployed pay CT?
Of course they do. Just because their income comes from sources
other than an employer, doesn't mean they should be let off.
And how much do people get off if they are on low income?
It depends on their circumstances. So, presumably, if they have
savings, they're expected to use them up first.

But I don't know the details and, to be honest, I'm glad.
 
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MattM

100% is payable in respect of properties occupied by two or more
people who count. Properties occupied by only one person get a 25%
discount. The same applies if it's occupied by several people of
which all but one are students. So it would apply to you too.
My girlfiend owns her own flat and from August she will be moving in
with me. Currently we both pay 75% council tax to our respective
councils. What will happen with regards to council tax for each
property after August?
 
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tim

MattM said:
My girlfiend owns her own flat and from August she will be moving in
with me. Currently we both pay 75% council tax to our respective
councils. What will happen with regards to council tax for each
property after August?
Yours will go up to 100%. If she completely empties her flat,
her CT will go down to 0% for 6 months and then will be whatever
percentage the LA charges for 2nd homes. If she doesn't empty it
the CT will be the 2nd home charge immediately (unless she want
to pretend that it is empty).

Of course if it is let out, CT becomes the tenant's problem

tim
 
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dp

If she completely empties her flat,
her CT will go down to 0% for 6 months
It's worth contacting the water board too. They will not levy a charge on an
unoccupied, unfurnished property, provided they are told.
 
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Jonathan Bryce

Simon said:
Do people who are unemployed pay CT?
Yes. However, they may be entitled to claim Council Tax benefit to help
cover the cost of it.
 

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