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Town Hall closes student flats council tax loophole

Student accommodation providers liable for council tax when they let flats out to tourists

08 September, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

STUDENT flats landlords will be forced to provide details of their tenants all year round as part of a Town Hall drive to close a council tax loophole, writes Koos Couvée.

Islington Council has found evidence that student accommodation providers let out flats over the summer holidays to tourists and other visitors, during which time they are liable for council tax.

In the past, this type of accommodation was given a block council tax exemption throughout the year, as students do not pay council tax. But to close this loophole, Islington now requires landlords to supply the tenancy and student occupancy details for every flat for every week of the year.

Councillor Andy Hull, Islington’s finance chief, said: “Closing this loophole means that the correct levels of council tax are collected, which is fairer for all our residents and helps to pay for local services.”

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