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    Council tax liability order

    Hi all,

    I realise this isn't an entirely relevant forum, but I wonder if someone could give me some advice.

    My girlfriend graduated from Uni this summer, and prematurely left her rented student accomodation on 2nd Feb 2012 after agreeing exit terms from the contract with the landlord. She did this because she would stay with me (I live in the city of the Uni she attended) or go back to her parents in Essex. The landlord subsequently replaced her with another tenant (also a student). When she first moved into the property, she informed the council that all tenants were students, and the council were satisfied that no council tax is due.

    Neither of us have heard a thing until today, when a friend who remained in the property in question contacted her to let her know a letter had arrived from the council, and that it "looks important". We drove to the property, and discovered that a liability order had been granted by the magistrates court against my girlfriend only (the 3 other tenants, and all the new tenants are not mentioned). The liability relates to unpaid council tax from 01 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, the whole amount is mentioned.

    Obviously, when my girlfriend moved out, she informed the council by telephone that she was moving out of the property, and to take her off the bill (which was exempt anyway). Due to her inexperience with life, she did not ask for this request to be acknowledged by letter.

    We have proof of her student status (a degree), the original contract for the property and the letter from the landlord informing her that the contract had been absolved mutually on 2nd Feb 2012.

    We will be going to the council offices tomorrow with this evidence, but I am concerned it might be too late, since a liability order has been granted.

    Where does she stand on this please? Surely it cannot be correct that she is made to pay any of this?

    Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

    #2
    Did your girlfriend get a council tax exemption certificate from her university? When i was at university you had to get this and send it to the council. Not every student qualifies for exemption so having a degree isn't certainly proof that you aren't due to pay council tax.

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      #3
      She is exempt, she was a full time student studying on a 3 year degree course, entirely generic circumstances. The council sent her and her student housemates a form to fill in, which they did, and the council replied (at the time) with a bill showing the exemption had been applied. She does not have a copy of this bill (showing 0.00 owed) available unfortunately, but I would imagine the council have a copy.

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        #4
        Situation now resolved after a meeting with the council tax staff. The account has been closed with no amount owing, and liability order ceased.

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