FAQ

Review of Council Tax single person discounts

Harrow Council is currently conducting a review of all student disregard discounts offered to residents who live with a student(s). We aim to provide these residents with the best possible service during the review, by offering clear instructions for completing forms to be returned to the council.

However, occasionally circumstances may not be so easy to explain. To help in these situations we have included the most frequently asked questions that can arise throughout this review period.

Why have I been sent this letter?

Harrow Council is currently reviewing the circumstances of all people who are claiming the student disregard discount. We are simply verifying your validity to claim this discount.

How do I complete the form?

Please fill out the form online and enter your PIN number, Account number and Postcode provided on the letter.

Alternatively, if your circumstance remain the same please complete the form on the back of the letter and return in the pre-paid envelope. 

If the property is now occupied by two or more adults who are not disregarded students then please complete Section B of the form. 

What happens if I don’t complete the form?

We will assume that your situation has changed and will remove your discount, effective from the last time we checked your eligibility which will be confirmed in your new bill.

What credit information do you hold on me?

We don’t hold any credit information on you, if you want to see your credit file please contact any of the major credit reference agencies:

What happens if the form is returned after the 14 day deadline given?

As long as the completed form is returned within a reasonable amount of time you will not be penalised. If the form is very late, you may end up receiving a reminder letter. Please complete the form as before.

Why am I being asked to return my information to a Nottingham address?

All returned forms are handled by a centrally based local government scanning facility. They then process the documents on behalf of many local authorities.

 

I have already informed the Council of a change in circumstances. Do I need to complete the form?

Yes, include all the details of your current situation.

 

A friend stays with me 3 or 4 nights a week, does this mean that I am no longer eligible?

If your friend keeps their belongings at your house then your address will be classed as their main residence therefore you are no longer eligible unless they are a student.

  • Who does your friend stay with the other 3 nights a week? If s/he stays at various addresses your address will still be classed as their main address
  • Any other reason, please provide an explanation of your current situation.

What should I do if my circumstances are not covered in the examples above?

If you are still unsure how to complete the form, or your circumstances are not covered please fill out the online form here, select the fourth option ‘Other (My circumstances are not covered by the categories above’ and write an explanation of your current situation.