Bromley Council sent the council tax rate for 2012/13 and the claim form for single occupancy. I duly signed and returned it but attached a letter questioning whether I was stll eligible as my son stays at my house when not on duty or staying on a base, as he has commenced training to become a paramedic. This may be a couple of nights one week then not at all for a few weeks. I have named him on the electoral roll to give him his rights etc. Instead of a straight yes or no, they have asked for student number (he is not a student) apprentice number and a copy of his payslip (he is not an apprentice). I supplied the other information they wanted i.e. dob and full name and explained the above in reply to their letter that demanded the information within 14 days or 2001/12 would be charged as well. I replied immediately. They are now claiming for ''arrears' for 2011/12 when he was not living at my house at all. Where do I go from here? I notified them of my situation and have been fully cooperative and honest and clearly if I have to pay the full tax for 2012/13, I will, but cannot understand why I should pay for last year.
Province/Country relating to question : Bromley Kent UK
Calling the national helpline who could not anwer he question and said to ring LB Bromey which I did and was automatically put through to the nationa helpline!
Letters and one email when I found an email address on an old bill.
Thanks for your question. Please remember to rate my answer SMILEY FACE OR ABOVE so that I am credited for my time.You are only liable for Council tax for the period when he actually 'moved in'.If he is spending more time in your property than another he is considered to be resident.If you want to appeal this matter you can.You can appeal this to the Valuation Tribunal.This is a free service and they are independent.They can examine the circumstances of your appeal and decide whether or not your appeal should be allowed.Your son would also need to attend the Tribunal to give evidence on your behalf to support your case.But if you disagree with the decision then you should exercise your right to appeal.http://www.valuationtribunal.gov.uk/Council_Tax.aspx Please remember to click *** SMILEY FACE *** or above so that I am credited for my time. The question does not close and you can ask follow ups. Important: If you feel the need to rate as one of the lower two scores, it counts as negative feedback so please reply to me via the REPLY with any further questions you may have. I will be happy to assist you further.
I expected that response from yourself as I would have expected Bromley to state just that. It is reasonable an totally acceptable that I pay the full amount of council tax while my son is registered as living with me.The main query is whether Bromley are allowed and justified to claim 'arrears' for the previous year when he had not 'moved in' on the basis that I did not answer the questions they wanted as they were not applicable and the accompanying letter to them stated exactly that. It was returned within 3 days so well within the 14 days they threatened me with.I appreciate your adviceThank youLarry
No - they can NOT claim arrears for previous years when he had not moved in.The answer is no. Please remember to click *** SMILEY FACE *** or above so that I am credited for my time. The question does not close and you can ask follow ups. Important: If you feel the need to rate as one of the lower two scores, it counts as negative feedback so please reply to me via the REPLY with any further questions you may have. I will be happy to assist you further.
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