Reclaiming Council tax

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Reclaiming Mortgage Fees, Council Tax, etc
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Hello, I was a student living in a shared house for the last two years, our council tax was included in our rent due to the rest of my housemates being professionals. Is there anyway of claiming back for the council tax I paid?

Any help would be appreciated!

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  • Mersey_2Mersey_2 Forumite
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    The owner or resident(s) who pay the Council Tax can seek to challenge the banding. This will either be the owner, or the tenant(s) - in your case. I assume the landlord's name was on the CT account with the local authority, however ie you did not receive an annual bill each year from the local authority or any reminders for late payments? In such circumstances I imagine your landlord's consent would be needed if you were to challenge the banding (which is unlikely as they want to maximise the same in case they want to sell it).
    Please be polite to OPs and remember this is a site for Claimants and Appellants to seek redress against their bank, ex-boss or retailer. If they wanted morality or the view of the IoD or Bank they'd ask them.
  • CISCIS Forumite
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    Mersey wrote: »
    The owner or resident(s) who pay the Council Tax can seek to challenge the banding. This will either be the owner, or the tenant(s) - in your case. I assume the landlord's name was on the CT account with the local authority, however ie you did not receive an annual bill each year from the local authority or any reminders for late payments? In such circumstances I imagine your landlord's consent would be needed if you were to challenge the banding (which is unlikely as they want to maximise the same in case they want to sell it).

    I'm not sure it's the banding he's looking at. I get the impression that he wants to know if he can get anything back from the landlord as he was a student and disregarded but made a contribution to the landlord via the rent towards the council tax. If so then he's out of luck unless either the landlord pays him back voluntarily or he tries a county court action.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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    Mersey wrote: »
    The owner or resident(s) who pay the Council Tax can seek to challenge the banding. This will either be the owner, or the tenant(s) - in your case. I assume the landlord's name was on the CT account with the local authority, however ie you did not receive an annual bill each year from the local authority or any reminders for late payments? In such circumstances I imagine your landlord's consent would be needed if you were to challenge the banding (which is unlikely as they want to maximise the same in case they want to sell it).

    If this is a House in Multiple Occupation (for CT purposes) then the landlord is the taxpayer and he, not his tenants, has the right to ask for a reduction. If it is not a CTHMO, then the tenants should be paying the CT and they would have the right to ask for a band review. In the OP's case he would be out of time to made a valid appeal.
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