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I’ve not graduated but I’ve received a Council Tax demand

At this time of year it is quite common for properties that were occupied by full-time students who have not yet graduated to start receiving Council Tax demands but is this correct ? I’ve not graduated but I’ve received a Council Tax demand ! Council Tax charges are calculated on a daily basis and have… Read More »

Council Tax and occupancy

A Council Tax charge on a property generally requires that either the property is occupied or unoccupied. What is occupation for the purposes of Council Tax and how is it determined ? Daily Charge Council Tax charges are calculated on a daily basis and therefore the circumstances for each individual day should be taken in… Read More »

Council Tax and moving to a Care Home

In situations where the resident of a property has left that property to become a resident of a Care Home then it is possible, in some instances, to claim a Council Tax exemption on the vacated property. What reduction is available ? Where the only resident of a property ceases to be resident because of… Read More »

Section 13A discretionary relief – claimants guide

LGFA92 claimants guide to Section 13A discretionary relief claims – England Information on the Section 13A discretionary relief can be difficult to obtain when it comes to your rights in making a claim and disputing Local Authority decisions. This claimants guide collects together the most important Valuation Tribunal and Local Government Ombudsman decisions and summarises… Read More »

Do I qualify for a Council Tax single person discount ?

Council Tax discounts can be a confusing matter, the single person discount being no less so than other discounts. What is a single person discount ? Council Tax legislation allows for a discount of a prescribed percentage, currently 25%, to be applied to a property where there is only one adult occupier who is ‘resident’… Read More »

Can Council Tax be backdated ?

Many Local Authorities may need to issue a Council Tax Demand Notice some time after the original charge would have be due in order to ensure that their records are correct. Can a Local Authority issue a backdated Council Tax bill ? Can Council Tax be backdated ? A Local Authority has a statutory duty… Read More »

Is Council Tax Statute Barred after 6 years ?

Many Local Authorities may need to issued a Council Tax Demand Notice some time after the original debt became due. Can the Local Authority take enforcement action to recover this balance or is it Statute Barred after 6 years ? How is Council Tax recovered ? Council Tax is recovered by way of a Liability… Read More »

School leaver – missing out on a discount ?

The School Leaver Council Tax disregard is one of the least known, and least claimed, Council Tax reductions that is available. Only a small percentage of those who are eligible actually claim the disregard. Who is eligible as a School Leaver ? A School Leaver is a person (aged 18 years or older and under… Read More »

College leaver – missing out on a discount ?

The College Leaver Council Tax disregard is one of the least known, and least claimed, Council Tax reductions that is available. Only a small percentage of those who are eligible actually claim the disregard. Who is eligible as a College Leaver ? A College Leaver is a person (aged 18 years or older and under… Read More »