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    Scotland Council Tax & Waste/Water
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    • 5th Dec 12, 4:01 PM
    Scotland Council Tax & Waste/Water 5th Dec 12 at 4:01 PM
    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, couldn't find a better place.

    Hi all,

    I have been trying to sort out the mess that is my Council tax arrears.

    I share a flat with a full time student. I used to be on JSA(IB), then working for a bit, then self employed and now I'm a full time student.

    My flatmate has been a FT student since we moved in 4 years ago, he has never been included on any council tax bills. They are fully aware he is my joint tenant and has student exemption.

    If everybody is liable for waste/water charges then does this mean he should be liable for 50% of the charges?

    If I was on JSA(IB) then why am I liable for waste/water and a FT student is not?

    I have been a FT student since Aug 2011. So who now pays the waste/water bills? It seems very unfair and unlikely that as he was a student first he is exempt from waste/water rates and I'm not?

    I've had over 50 council tax bills sent to me over the past 4 years, each with different (incorrect) figures. It got so overwhelming that I gave up about 2 years ago and buried my head in the sand. The debt was passed to Scott & Co (sheriff officers) and I agreed to pay 40/month.

    I recently got fed up being out of control and requested the final bills for previous years. I have done my sums and it would appear they are wanting an extra 2300 off me that I don't owe (4000 total). This includes roughly 300 of statutory additions. If I can proove that their bills have been consistently wrong do you think I can get out of paying the statutory additions?

    So to summarise:
    • If I am on JSA(IB) and my joint tenant is a FT student, who pays for the waste/water?
    • If two students are joint tenants who pays for the waste/water?
    • If the council have consistently sent out wrong bills and then added statutory additions for these incorrect bills, am I still liable to pay?
    Thanks in advance for any help!

    Kind Regards, Ross.
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