Council Tax Exemption
Council Tax is a property based tax paid to the local council.
If you live in a property which is divided into self contained flats then each flat will get its own Council Tax bill.
If you live in a shared house or flat the property is usually considered as one dwelling and will receive one bill. You are exempt from paying Council Tax if you live in Halls of Residence or in a house or flat wholly occupied by full time students.
The local council will normally need to see an Exemption Certificate confirming your student status and course of study. The University has entered into an agreement with various Local Councils whereby it will not be necessary to for students to supply their landlords with individual council tax certificates. At regular intervals during the year LJMU will supply details of students’ addresses within the Council’s catchment areas. Students will not normally be issued with individual Council Tax Exemption certificates.
Individual Council Tax certificates will be provided for a previous address if you can provide documentary evidence of residence at that address.
All students should be aware that Council Tax exemption will only be provided by the University for addresses that match the address held against their University record. Please make sure your details are up to date - if you are unsure about how to do this, call in to one of the student zones in the LRCs.
If you live with people who are not full time students then the property will be billed for Council Tax. If you rent or own a property jointly with other people then all the joint tenants or owners share responsibility for paying Council Tax.
Some people however may be eligible to apply for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Discount from their local council.
International Students: The Council Tax rules apply in the same way to all students regardless of nationality. For further information please contact 0151 231 3167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org