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Looks like Bath council are looking into how it can charge Purpose Built Student Accommodation blocks business rates (currently exempt) as it costs them £5m per year.
I've never understood how these massive blocks housing hundreds can be business rates exempt.
If it succeeds, other councils will definitely look to follow.
Watching this with interest Adam. Like you, I've never understood how these PBSAs can be exempt from business rates AND council tax.
That's interesting Adam, I've always wondered if they paid Business Rates on PBSA.
Several cities councils have been lobbying the government to be allowed charge landlords BR on student HMOs.
And i garantee if they get away with it the same will happen to HMO s
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Possibly, but not necessarily.
HMO's seem to be on a sticky wicket when they're the following:
1. Have en-suites.
2. Are on individual AST's/licenses.
Obviously, as with anything to do with the Govt/councils, things can change and not necessarily for the better!
If a council can make a buck it will and don’t forget councils can now keep bussinss rates
we had letters in our doors last week about permit parking
my local police force is 225m in pension debt who do you think will pay the bill council tax or bussiness rates
Only saviour being the massive reduction in Police staffing levels - which truncates future pension liabilities - as pension accrual ceases for redundant officers.
I was married to a police officer in the 80s I saw salaries treble and all the perks I know my ex could buy a detached 4 bed with his salary in 1984 and retire on two thirds salary at age 50
Someone’s got to pay for it and it’s the council tax bill payer the gravy train has come to a halt now starting salary 18k now with zero perks
Adam, I was only talking about student HMOs
I'm thinking with each of these (must be now) hundreds of PBSA's that have sprung up this decade, the councils are looking to get their hands on them ultimately for housing.
Tax the PBSA companies out of the game and then you've got a nice purpose built building to house the homeless.
You can't tell me councils are happy to have these often gawdy looking properties built for no benefit to them financially without thinking about the long game?
Meanwhile over in Cambridge, the council want a bit of PBSA action.