Local authorities being greedy with council tax say landlords

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Report launched today highlights problem of council tax being charged on bedsits…

Report launched today highlights problem of council tax being charged on bedsits.

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on Ministers to end the scandal of local authorities charging council tax on bedsit accommodation.

A new report published today by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector has heard that many young people renting a room in a shared house are being stung for significant amounts of money by local authorities.

Guidance from the Valuation Office Agency means that many local authorities are now classing a single bedroom in a shared house as a separate dwelling for council tax, rather than the house as a whole.

By doing so, councils are able to claim funds under the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme despite no new property having actually been created.

The RLA is calling a 50% discount on council taxes for rooms in shared homes in line with a similar discount introduced for so called ‘granny annexes.’

Commenting on the issue, RLA Chairman, Alan Ward said:

“When young people are facing difficulties making ends meet, it is scandalous that some local authorities are applying full council tax bands to single bedrooms in shared homes, whilst using this to claim New Homes Bonus on homes that aren’t new.

“It’s time the Government stepped into to end this gross unfairness.”

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

1 Comment

  • Yes I was thinking about renting rooms until Wiltshire council was going to charge 700 per room if the following applied

    1. The door had a lock

    the room had a microwave

    it had bathroom

    it was not a joint tenancy

    I contacted the valuation office in cornwall who confirm this was correct.

    Basically they wanted the council tax whatever

    It totally defeats the object of low rented accomodation.

    I attend courses in the Midlands and there all small self contained units were being held under one council tax for the whole building.which the landlords paid

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