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I have been living in a student house share since Sept 2018

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I have been living in a student house share since Sept 2018 and was told all my bills were included as well as council tax. I am the only none student in the house and one of my housemates received a letter from council saying that we owe money from tax from 01-Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 with student exemption 01-Apr 2019 till 05Jul2019
JA: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: London, Harringay Council area
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: The total tax is 1479.05 and I am expected to pay all this on my own without help
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: yes

Hi,

What does your tenancy agreement state regarding the payment of council tax and Bill's?

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Just says this
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
But verbally was told council tax too
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
I know not good but as it was a takeover from old tenants
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
everyone else in the house was student

Hi,

It does not refer to council tax in the image youbhave sent

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
what do I do
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
I have to pay all by myself
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
As I am only non student

What I suggest you do is contact th council and provide them with evidence that you are a student and request that they reconsider.

If this fails, you wou6, according to your agreement, technically be liable.

Your last resort would be to file a complaint to the council and then if you do not get a satisfactory response, escalate the matter to the local government ombudsman.

I hope this answers your questions. If so, kindly rate the answer and provide feedback.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Many thanks

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
But I am not a student, that’s what I am trying to explain and I did not foresee this payment
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
I can’t afford to pay it in anyway
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
they are requesting 7payments of £184

Hi,

Sorry, I misread the details.

Unfortunately, if you are not a student and have not been, then you would be liable for the council tax unless youbcan argue that the property was a house in multiple occupation (HMO), in which case, it should be the responsibility of the landlord.

I hope this answers your questions. If so, kindly rate the answer and provide feedback.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

many thanks

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Oh I see

Kindly rate the answer and provide feedback.

Many thanks

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