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I have a query and hope someone might have concrete advice, which I am unabe to find on this very specific query.
My son rented a flat with a mate. They were required by the landlord to start paying rent two months before they started the third year of their courses. So although they were paying the rent as students, they were not occupying the property.

The Council is now demanding payment of Council tax for those two months from the students (about £150) on the basis that the flat was not occupied by students during that time. The Uni. had apparently not sent a required form confirming the occupants were students (presumeably because it was between academic years and staff were on holiday).
The students were not between courses, just on summer hols.
They have now, without any prior knowledge or warning, been summoned to court.
My son tells me the Durham Council say it is left to the discretion of the council, but it seems to me to be materially incorrect. Students on courses are not intended to pay council tax.
My cynicism tells me Durham Council is milking a grey area at the expense of the students.
Does anyone have advice of useful knowledge?

Thank you in anticipation of some responce !
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I have a query and hope someone might have concrete advice, which I am unabe to find on this very specific query.
My son rented a flat with a mate. They were required by the landlord to start paying rent two months before they started the third year of their courses. So although they were paying the rent as students, they were not occupying the property.

The Council is now demanding payment of Council tax for those two months from the students (about £150) on the basis that the flat was not occupied by students during that time. The Uni. had apparently not sent a required form confirming the occupants were students (presumeably because it was between academic years and staff were on holiday).
The students were not between courses, just on summer hols.
They have now, without any prior knowledge or warning, been summoned to court.
My son tells me the Durham Council say it is left to the discretion of the council, but it seems to me to be materially incorrect. Students on courses are not intended to pay council tax.
My cynicism tells me Durham Council is milking a grey area at the expense of the students.
Does anyone have advice of useful knowledge?

Thank you in anticipation of some responce !
I think they need to contact the University in this, only way it will probably be sorted.
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Did you ever get a satisfactory outcome, my son is in exactly the same situation now with Salford Council for a council tax bill from when the property was
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