Annex council tax

Hi everyone, sorry there has been a few posts about council tax and annexes but couldn't quite answer my questions. I've recently bought a new house and found out since moving in that the annex is listed separately for council tax. There was no mention of this in the particulars, searches, sellers information or conveyancing. As council tax for the house is listed in a few documents should it have been shared that there are two lots (the annex isn't a completely separate building we were thinking of it as an extra bedroom)? The second part to this is; if my daughter who is a full time student registers the annex as her home address, is the annex then exempt whilst she studies? She is studying away at term time. Thank you for any advice

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    Hi everyone, sorry there has been a few posts about council tax and annexes but couldn't quite answer my questions. I've recently bought a new house and found out since moving in that the annex is listed separately for council tax. There was no mention of this in the particulars, searches, sellers information or conveyancing. As council tax for the house is listed in a few documents should it have been shared that there are two lots (the annex isn't a completely separate building we were thinking of it as an extra bedroom)? The second part to this is; if my daughter who is a full time student registers the annex as her home address, is the annex then exempt whilst she studies? She is studying away at term time. Thank you for any advice
     No. Her address where she will be living will be exempt though. 
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    edited 7 June 2021 at 10:14AM
    The second part to this is; if my daughter who is a full time student registers the annex as her home address, is the annex then exempt whilst she studies? She is studying away at term time. Thank you for any advice
    A Class K exemption might have applied if she had been a resident before she became a student but not retrospectively.
    In England, an 'annexe' for council tax has a specific definition. It might qualify for a reduction as one in the right situation.
    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.
  • Thanks for the advice, much appreciated 
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