Do I need to Pay council Tax in my student accommodation?

Do I need to Pay council Tax in my student accommodation?

July, 2020

Do I need to pay council Tax in my student accommodation?

Students in full time education are exempt from having to pay council tax – Hooray!

We have already applied for the exemption for the student properties with Plymouth City Council. Every year the council check a selection of houses to confirm that the residents are still entitled to the discount. When this happens, we have to supply the tenants’ names and course details. Occasionally we may need to ask a tenant to get a letter from the University or College confirming their full time student status.

If a tenant leaves their course or is no longer a student, then they will need to pay council tax. There is a 25% discount available if it’s just one person paying.

Plymouth City council give a bit more detail on their classification of a student as below:

You're a student if you're:

  • attending a university or college course which lasts at least one academic year, takes at least 24 weeks a year and involves at least 21 hours of study a week when in attendance
  • under 20 years of age, studying for more than three months and at least 12 hours a week for a qualification up to A Level (if you leave after 1 May, we will not count you until the following 1 November)
  • a student nurse on a university course
  • a foreign language assistant registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges
  • a non-British spouse or dependant of a student and you are prevented by the terms of UK entry from taking paid employment or from claiming benefits

If a council tax bill is received at a property, please email a scan of the letter to our office so we can take any action needed.


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