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  • Buy-to-Let

    Council tax on vacant student property?

    hi,

    i recently purchased a property which was student property for past 8 years or more .

    i am currently refurbishing it for this year intake . Council have sent a letter for council tax .

    Wanted to know does the properties which are under refurbishment exempt from council tax?

    Also so as the property previously had exemption

    based on it being a student property , is it sufficent to ask me for exemption for this void period also considering its under refurbishment ?

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    Hi

    I don't have a huge amount of experience, but thought I'd share as I'm in the same position as you. I recently advised Cardiff Council that the property was unoccupied and renovation work being undertaken and they gave me an exemption for a year.

    Good luck

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    It depends on your local authority. They can give discounts and exemptions if they wish, but many don't, e.g. as soon as one of mine is unoccupied, they charge me the full council tax by the day! (tight-fisted "people"). And they seem to know in advance when a tenant is vacating, because they are not just prompt, but up-front or previous in sending me a council tax bill!

    I have one 2-bed family home that a student has taken on privately for 3 years (rich parents I guess), but it is between her and the council to agree on student exemption whilst she is there.

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    It varies from Council to Council, Some give a reduction or period with no C/Tax payable whilst others, like for instance the greedy, grasping money grabbing scum at Bexley want Council Tax from the day the tenants move out.

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    A 'standard' student property is only exempt (Class N) whilst it is being used by students, not been between tenancies.

    Unless it is major or structural works then a Class A exemption (Wales) / Class D discount (England) wouldn't apply. If it is unfurnished then a Class C exemption (Wales) / Class C discount (England) would apply.

    In England the discount applied for an unoccupied property (furnished or unfurnished) is delegated to the local authority and they have a local discretion on setting the rate given (which can be 0%). In Wales there is still a bit more central control and the exemption, Class A and C, which may apply in your case were retained, unlike in England where they were abolished.

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    Specialist Council Tax paralegal advisor & consultant (A. NALP)
    http://www.lgfa92.co.uk
    Posting as @CouncilTaxGuy on Twitter
    Why not look at our blog at http://www.lgfa92.co.uk/blog

    Any posts are my own opinion on legislation and may vary from your local authorities !