I'm looking for advice from any students/landlords/ANYBODY who have had experience with non HMO accomodation and applying for council tax exemption.
We know it's not allowed (but we know loads of people do it) but me and my two friends are moving into a new flat together in July 2013 that doesn't have an HMO license.
There being no HMO means that only my 2 friends' names will appear on the lease, mine will not.
How will this affect my abaility to apply for council tax exemption (as we are all full time students)?
It's been suggested that my flatmates and I should each apply for our exemption separately at different times without mentioning each other on the form?
What do you think?
If anyone has any experience with this I would really appreciate your input 'cause this is stressing us out!
Thanks very much.
Glasgow no HMO and council tax exemption HELP!!! Watch
- Thread Starter
- 18-04-2013 22:31
- 24-06-2013 13:35
Personally, I think that was a bit of a silly thing to do. The landlord is acting illegally by not having a HMO and I believe, if he's found out, it could lead to you all having to find somewhere new to live as you aren't technically allowed to be living there with no HMO license.
The only thing I can think of is if you do as you said, and apply for CTE separately, but then technically you would be seen as also being in the wrong and I suspect there would be consequences if the council found out...but then Glasgow City Council don't seem to have much of a hold on what's going on in regard to flats in the city! (I've had my own issues with them)
- 24-06-2013 20:26
In my experience with council tax depts, they don't know their arse from their elbow.
I very much doubt that they will be cross checking council tax exemptions with HMO licences, but if they do then they will probably assume that two of you are a cohabiting couple, and cohabiting couples only count as one person for HMO purposes (at least, this is the case in England and Wales - Scottish law is often different, so do check).