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Council Tax/Tenancy Question watch

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    Hey - quick question would be super grateful if anyone could help! I'm graduating this year so will be working next, which means I will not be exempt from council tax. A friend has offered to lease me a room in a house she owns (she'd be living in the other room) without officially putting me on the tenancy agreement. She'd still be a student so not liable to council tax, would we need to pay council tax on the flat/would there be anyway that the council would realise? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

    Yes you'd still be obliged to pay it, you're only exempt in all student households.
    However it's applied to the whole household, not just for one person as you likely know... (though single occupancy discount may apply, not sure)

    If you try to hide it, they can pursue you and affect credit score etc (friend would be fine though)

    you'd be liable for 75% of the bill, your friend is a student so you'd get a reduction as there is only one adult eligible to pay... I really wouldn't try and get out of it, it just isn't worth the risk if you suddenly end up with a £750 bill you didn't expect or have action taken against you
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