Found 17th Jul 2010
Just recieved a letter for a summons to the county court of the town where I lived for about 10 months as a student and where I handed in my council tax form.

Around Easter I got a letter saying I owed like £400 in council tax(this is off top of my head) since it was like £60 a month backdated to last September and I explained that I was a student and I already handed in a form.

Heard nothing till about 6 weeks ago when I got another letter and this time they claimed it was due to the recently left 2nd tenant not handing in his exemption.

Basically they are trying to chase me for his council tax despite us having seperate tenancy agreements and I dont even know the guy that well.

Can they legally do this as theres no way I can afford to pay the money(now about £700 plus they have added £55 for summary warrant costs despite it not having gone to court and state that I must pay the full amount before the court date!

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Banned

they are not chasing you for his council tax at all, they are chasing you for yours, as you should have let them know you where living alone surely



whooops misread - lol

after misreading again i am still confused to why you are responsible for his council tax

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sassie

they are not chasing you for his council tax at all, they are chasing you … they are not chasing you for his council tax at all, they are chasing you for yours, as you should have let them know you where living alone surely



No it is his part of it, when I rang before they told me they do bills in all tenants name and if they cant get hold of certain tenants then they will chase it from the ones they can find.

Banned

so in 6 weeks since you got the letter you have done what?

Original Poster

Read the first sentence I just recieved a letter.

Last time I got one they told me they would sort it out but didnt.

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ryouga

Read the first sentence I just recieved a letter.Last time I got one they … Read the first sentence I just recieved a letter.Last time I got one they told me they would sort it out but didnt.



i did read it, but as you didnt say what you had done after that letter i assumed you hadnt done anything, good luck

Original Poster

Lol yeah, I was more annoyed at the fact they added a court cost before the court hearing! that doesnt make sense and if i couldnt afford it before how could I afford it now they have added more.

Get a letter from your Uni and send them a copy. Had to do that myself when I was a student many moons ago.

moob

Get a letter from your Uni and send them a copy. Had to do that myself … Get a letter from your Uni and send them a copy. Had to do that myself when I was a student many moons ago.



that ^^ and wouldnt hurt to pop into your local Citizens Advice Bureau for some help as well.

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moob

Get a letter from your Uni and send them a copy. Had to do that myself … Get a letter from your Uni and send them a copy. Had to do that myself when I was a student many moons ago.



That was what I did originally as the uni gives out the letters when you enrol but the council have taken off my part of the council tax but not the other tenant who never bothered to hand in exemption.

ring them and find out what your being charged for let them kow your their alone and offer to pay of your debit
if you go to court you wil owe more

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robertkay

ring them and find out what your being charged for let them kow your … ring them and find out what your being charged for let them kow your their alone and offer to pay of your debitif you go to court you wil owe more



But I dont owe them anything, its another tenant its just they are chasing me for his debt since they know where I live and not him

I reckon the old landlord has done something like read my post since I got an email from him a week ago asking for a forwarding address and I had an argument with him as he made excuses about returning deposit and seemed to know what each letter was even the ones in envelopes.

ryouga

That was what I did originally as the uni gives out the letters when you … That was what I did originally as the uni gives out the letters when you enrol but the council have taken off my part of the council tax but not the other tenant who never bothered to hand in exemption.



Yeah, but to ensure they aren't blacklisting you for another issue, you need to send that out to them again, the Uni will issue another letter for proof.

Tell your ex-landlord that he is breaking the law if he opens your mail again and that he should send it onto you unopened and you'll deal with from there. As for the council tax bill go into uni and explain the situation and the council tax office and do the same with them they should be able to get records of where the other tenant is now living.

And if it really does get as far as court, attend in person and then you can state your case.

Hi

You need to contact the approriate LA straight away. They may send baliffs after you otherwise.
Firstly, explain that for the period in question, you were a student, and therefore exempt. A letter from the uni would help you.
Secondly, as you had a seperate tenancy agreement, the landlord had created HIMO (House in multiple occupation), and in those circumstances, the landlord is liable for CTAX, not you. Any decent landlord will know this, and adjusts his rent accordingly.

Hope this helps!!
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