Tenancy deposit and council tax exemption
While living in off-campus accomodation it is important that you are attentive to the fees associated with rented accommodation. Two the most important of which are your tenancy deposit and your council tax.
Tenancy deposit protection
Moving into shared accommodation for the first time can be daunting, which is why we suggest that you watch this simple video to help you understand tenancy deposit protection from a student's perspective. Don't let your deposit get away!
So you're renting for the first time; freedom, fun, and fresher’s week are your top priorities. Boring paperwork from your new landlord probably is not.
We resolve ten thousand disputes every year over how much money landlords keep from tenants' deposits. We hear all too often 'if only I'd cleaned this' and 'if only I checked that' but by the time your problem reaches us any chance of rectifying it has long since gone.
Do you know if your deposit is protected? Have you checked the inventory? Are your marigolds at the ready? If not, watch this video and make sure you have no 'if onlys' over your deposit.
£2.6billion of deposits are in landlords' hands - don't let yours get away!
Moving into shared accommodation for the first time can be daunting. Use this simple video to help you understand tenancy deposit protection from a student's perspective.
Council Tax exemption
Council tax is a 'local tax' in the UK, although in Northern Ireland the equivalent tax to council tax is called rates. The money collected through these property taxes goes to local authorities (councils) to pay for local services such as maintaining parks, collecting rubbish, policing and personalised care.
Full-time students are exempt from paying council tax and we provide a list of all students to Newcastle Borough Council, Stoke City Council and Cheshire East Council, so if you live in any of those areas you should not have to worry. Student living in areas not covered by any of these three Councils can request a Council Tax exemption letter from the Student Records and Exams Reception. If you would like an exemption letter or experience any problems please contact the Student Records Office.
As soon as you reach the official end date of your course you will be classed as an adult for council tax purposes and will no longer be exempt as a student. Also, if you start to live in the property before your course starts, you may be charged council tax for that period.
Should you withdraw or take a leave of absence and vacate your accommodation before the end of the occupancy period, you will also be liable for council tax.