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Kirklees Council Warns Those in Breach of Planning Rules

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Council officers have warned against letting student flats as hotel rooms and those flouting planning policy will face a tax bill.

It was previously reported that student flats on Manchester Road, Huddersfield, were being advertised for short-term stays on a popular hotel booking site.

This was in direct conflict with the planning agreement that states the building must only be occupied by students, which ensures that no council tax or business rates are payable for the property.

After it was revealed that the rooms were being advertised to non-students, Kirklees Council contacted the owner and letting agent and the site is no longer available to book as a hotel.

A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said: "The letting of apartments at Kingfisher Court, Manchester Road, is restricted to students enrolled on full time courses within the Kirklees area."

"Any other person occupying the apartments would be contrary to a condition of the planning permission granted for the student accommodation."

"The owner has been advised to comply with the relevant condition."

"We have been in discussion with the letting company with regards to their marketing practices."

"We have advised that any advert needs to make clear that the flats are only available to students, and make sure that they are in a position to evidence that only students are letting the flats for council tax purposes."