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Council Tax Rebranding - Confused!!
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Old 17-08-2010, 12:41 PM
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Default Council Tax Rebranding - Confused!!

Hi. I'm a total newbee to the site and looking for some advice / help please!! In the section about Council Tax rebranding in the main MSE site, the advice suggests that you get the approximately value of your house in 1991. What approach should be taken if your hiuse was built after '91?

Our house was built in '95 or '96. Applying the criteria on a 2009 price (the most recent in our street) to the '96 value suggests were in Band C by a long way. Applying the criteria to a '91 valuation (if the house had been there!) suggests Band C even more so. However, we're classed as Band E. All houses in the strret are either D or E.

Grateful for any advice please.

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It would be more helpful to use the purchase price when house first sold. I'm ex VOA and 95 prices in our area were 20% below 91 prices, 96 prices around 15% below, so this may give you a more accurate figure. As it was a new build the original purchase price could be as much as 10% above an equivalent 5 year old house.
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Old 18-08-2010, 12:55 PM
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Thanks again lincroft for your input. Lincroft.

The house was first sold when we bought it in 1999. Applying the Calculator from the main site, this suggests a 1991 value of 72,632 - in Band D and much closer to Band C than the Band E category we're in at the moment. Is this really a suitable to take forward with the council though if the house wasn't even built in 19991? Sorry if this is a stupid question, which I suspect it is - is this actually the point of re-branding: that house values havnt been revised since they were first done in 1991?

Grateful for any further clarification and thanks in advance!!
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If you are in England it will be the Valuation Office Agency you will need to approach. If you have nothing else to back your claim then put forward the calculator value. Because of the haste of the original council tax banding exercise many mistakes were made and asking for a band reduction is an opportunity to check the band is correct.

Your 1999 sale price would be at least 10% above the 1991 value.

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