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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 10th Jan 07, 12:02 PM
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    Council Tax Rebanding SUCCESS stories
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    • 10th Jan 07, 12:02 PM
    Council Tax Rebanding SUCCESS stories 10th Jan 07 at 12:02 PM
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    Forumite lanerideruk successfully reclaimed 19 years' worth of council tax - £2,400! Join and let us know what you've reclaimed too.

    Read how to do it yourself:





    This thread is especially for reporting your successes in getting your council tax rebanded plus refunds.


    The aim is to show others that it works.

    Please report your successes here, if possible in the format:

    Local Borough Council:
    Council Tax Band Before:
    Council Tax Band After:
    Amount refunded:
    Annual saving going forward:

    Plus if possible a few details on your experiences.IMPORTANT NOTE! This thread is only to report succcesses

    Please note this thread is ONLY for reporting successes/experiences. It isn't for answering questions, discussing what to do, or postulating on the general issues; any posts of that nature will be deleted. If you want to do that please instead go to the Discussion on Council Tax Cost Cutting





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    • topbargainhunter
    • By topbargainhunter 1st Feb 07, 12:06 PM
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    topbargainhunter
    After seeing Martin on TV last week, I applied online against my council tax banding. I followed the instructions on this site, and found that my property had a value of band B back in 1993 (currently charged as C) and my next door neighbour with the exact same flat is Band B after appealing in 1993. I had a very swift response telling me i should have appealed within 6 months of moving in and my appeal has been rejected. I moved in in 1996 but had no clue that I could do this until a week ago. I have written back asking to get this taken to tribunal also citing 24 neighbouring flats that are band C like mine, but are larger and have more bedrooms.

    I don't hold out much hope but would like to hear from anyone else with the same experience. Do we have any influence on the tribunal and is it the end of the argument if they reject your appeal?

    Thanks
  • poole-man
    Poole Borough Council
    Band E
    Band D
    Refund £2245
    Great result, but what about the interest? The council have been taking extra money since 1993 so interest should be allowed. Anybody else tried?
  • jackiey61
    council tax rebanding
    i heard about being able to do this in october 06 so i e-mailed my local council to get my band taken off a band D. at this point they refused and i forgot about it, i then got my e-mail from moneysavingexpert.com and re-applied, i got a reply today saying they are putting it down to a band C! Thankyou so much!!!
  • marsbar
    Council tax rebate
    Hi there,
    Having found the most recent sale price of a similar property to mine in my area the property is in the same band as mine which is C band. However when i used the steps 1-3 to calculate my house value at 1991 levels the value of my house falls in the B banding column. Does this mean that i may be
    entitled to a rebate and therefore i should make a claim?:confused:
    Regards,
    marsbar
  • jules1962
    A VERY early success story - do it, nothing to lose!
    Council: Kirklees Met Council, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
    Banding: from B to A
    Refund: more than 600 quid (INC. INTEREST!)- result in less than 28 days!

    Story: we knew from Day 1 we were in the wrong band - we even saw the 'valuers' doing their '2nd Gear drive-by' - they didn't even walk up our street! We challenged the banding via the standard form/method with the Valuation Office. The VO ack'd our claim by return of post and they agreed with the banding move and paid up very promptly. I would COMPLIMENT the Council for what they did next - instead of us needing to tell our neighbours and then them having to do indiv. claims, the Council wrote to everyone in our street to advise them of a re-banding down and paid out their refunds too. Good on Kirklees!

    Advice: worth checking if any of your neighbours, or even you(!), have recently had their homes valued (re-mortgage, new arrivals etc.) and are preparedto provide you with a copy. The VO told us it had helped our claim to have provided them with a copy of a recent valuation we'd had done due to re-mortgage.
  • Carryonsaving
    Any Failures?
    Hi,

    Has any one in this process had there banding moved upwards where they owe more money?:confused:

    I ask as I am investigating my partners parents home. They are in Band F.There are only two other properties within a 1 mile radius. One of the properties is a two bed and the other is a four bed. Both of them are in Band F. Surely this cannot be correct. I am asking as they are both elderley and I wouldn't want there banding to move in a upward scale.Ccan anyone share any stories/experiences on this?:confused:

    3rd Feb 2007. I have just found out that there neoghbouring property in in Band d - 2 bands lowers than theres, which is ridiculousa as the owner has just spent about 50,000 on it the last year alone and has done it up . I am now reccommending to them to gat a valuation done!! Wish me and them look!! PS. If they do give a rebate can you claim for 8% Statutory interest on the monies????
    Last edited by Carryonsaving; 03-02-2007 at 11:10 AM.
  • Microbeman
    After seeing Martin on TV last week, I applied online against my council tax banding. I followed the instructions on this site, and found that my property had a value of band B back in 1993 (currently charged as C) and my next door neighbour with the exact same flat is Band B after appealing in 1993. I had a very swift response telling me i should have appealed within 6 months of moving in and my appeal has been rejected. I moved in in 1996 but had no clue that I could do this until a week ago. I have written back asking to get this taken to tribunal also citing 24 neighbouring flats that are band C like mine, but are larger and have more bedrooms.

    I don't hold out much hope but would like to hear from anyone else with the same experience. Do we have any influence on the tribunal and is it the end of the argument if they reject your appeal?

    Thanks
    by topbargainhunter
    Topbargainhunter
    I had a similar reply via a standard letter and it is true that we did not qualify under the criteria, however, they told me they have a legal duty to ensure the valuations are correct and are fair and consistent and so would review it on this basis. If you can convince the council that your flat is the same as your neighboors and different to all the others then you are halfway there. After watching Martins programme last week its obvious that for a block of flats they would probably just band them all the same as they wouldn't be easily able to tell how the accomodation differed. Be persistant and ask for an explanation as to why your neighboors flat which is the same as yours is in a lower band. When I did this they said it was because my house was bigger than all the other band C houses on my road, which it wasn't. Once I had this in writing as the reason for my higher band I knew that if I could prove that there wasn't any difference in the houses they would have to reduce my band. Things seemed to move very slowly but a phone call every month or so also made them realise that I was not going to be fobbed off. There is no substitute for speaking to someone, my letters just seemed to get overlooked and if you are well prepared then you can ask all the questions you want, and hopefully get some answers.
    Don't give up
    Good luck
    Microbeman
  • soozig
    Success
    Dundee City Council

    Was band C
    rebanded B

    Refund- don't know yet
  • tarinilie
    [QUOTE=jules1962]Council: Kirklees Met Council, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
    Banding: from B to A
    Refund: more than 600 quid (INC. INTEREST!)- result in less than 28 days!

    Story: we knew from Day 1 we were in the wrong band - we even saw the 'valuers' doing their '2nd Gear drive-by' - they didn't even walk up our street! We challenged the banding via the standard form/method with the Valuation Office. The VO ack'd our claim by return of post and they agreed with the banding move and paid up very promptly. I would COMPLIMENT the Council for what they did next - instead of us needing to tell our neighbours and then them having to do indiv. claims, the Council wrote to everyone in our street to advise them of a re-banding down and paid out their refunds too. Good on Kirklees!

    Hi..

    just though I would correct you.
    The VO did not pay up - they have nothing to do with money collection.
    Your council paid up once your band was reduced.

    The council did not reduce the bands - They have no power to reduce bands. The VOA reduced the bands and then wrote to everyone explaining so.

    Some time later the council would have given refunds.

    The council deals with the money you pay.
    The VOA deals with band alterations

    tarin
  • jeanssis
    Hi,
    We're in North Somerset. Just looked at bandings of all houses in our road(all same as ours mainly) & seen some have been rebanded to C from D effective 1/4/93 Court Code C. We moved into this house (new) Oct 1980. I saw we can only appeal against the D band if we have been in less than 6 months. Should we go for rebanding ? Would we be successful based on the others having been rebanded, does anyone think ? OR are councils now really not doing it for anyone who's been there MORE than the six months. Seems we have a case & have likely lost a lot of money. Just been told about this website.

    Janice
  • nicks
    Perth & Kinross.
    From band E to D...

    I saw the programme & made 1 phone call to the local Assessor & I got a letter on Firday (1 week after the programme) saying we would be reduced from E to D. My neighbour got the same letter too. Backdated to when we moved in 1998 (when the house was built). Over the moon & hopefully have about £2500.00 refunded...

    Now, that's what I call a result!!! Well done P & K.

    Nicks
  • wfarrar
    Local Borough Council: Wakefield
    Council Tax Band Before: C
    Council Tax Band After: B
    Amount refunded: £364
    Annual saving going forward: approx £100

    The valuation Office changed our banding from a C to a B with no quibbles and we got a refund of £364 going back to 2003. However, we have been in our property since 1995, and the Valuation Office revalued our property rating as effective from 1995, so I have subsequently written back to the Council asking why we've only got a 3 year refund. Fingers crossed!
  • Maisie
    Shouldn't some of these posts be on the council tax discussion thread NOT on Success and Failures thread?

    You're more likely to get help and advice from some very knowledgable people over on Discussion thread.
  • saver195893
    Sucess
    Thanks a thousand Martin!!

    I Have just received the good news that I am to recieve a rebate in my council tax.

    All down to Martin's advice. The process was simplicity itself. After checking the websites I discovered my neighbours house was in a band lower than mine. I live in a semi detached house and my neighbours house is identical to mine and the pair are a different design to the other houses in my road.

    One telephone call to the valuation office and all sorted out in one month, easy!!

    Local Borough Council: Hyndburn
    Council Tax Band Before: E
    Council Tax Band After: D
    Amount refunded: Estimated £2,000
    Annual saving going forward:Estimated £250
    Last edited by saver195893; 06-02-2007 at 9:28 AM.
  • ianM
    Thank You South Staffordshire
    We have just had notification from our council of a £2685 refund - many thanks. We checked up after you first post and we were in the wrong band compared to identical houses. Our neighbour is also waiting for his refund notification.
    I think they were in 3rd gear when they did our houses!

    Thanks - a very happy Ian & Sandra
  • ianM
    Here is the missing data - sorry
    Local Borough Council: South Staffordshire
    Council Tax Band Before: E
    Council Tax Band After: D
    Amount refunded: £2685.34
    Annual saving going forward: £295.30
  • jennynoo
    Local Borough Council: Lambeth
    Council Tax Band Before: C
    Council Tax Band After: B
    Refunded: £220

    I was renting and had been in the flat for a year and a half before I saw Martin's article. When I checked the website I saw that two flats in my building were B and the rest (out of 12) were C but all the flats were the same! Even though I was over the 6 months and got repeated letters saying they wouldn't change the band I just waited - didn't have to do anything more than that - and eventually they changed the band and refunded my money. I wrote to everyone in my building who was still band C but don't know if they took it up. No one thanked me but I don't live there anymore so maybe they can't contact me. Someone is very kindly dropping off my post though, so thanks to that person if you are out there!
  • JACKCO
    Local borough Birmingham
    Council Tax Band Before D
    Council Tax Band After C
    no mention of refund in letter

    easy to do because I did it hope I get a refund
    JACKCO
    • cushty
    • By cushty 7th Feb 07, 9:20 AM
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    cushty
    Local Council: North Kesteven District Council, Lincs
    Council Band before: D
    Council Band after: C
    No mention of a refund in the letter, but as it said that the rebanding would be backdated from April 1993 I am living in hope and checking out air ticket prices to Australia to visit my son!

    I will also be taking copies of my letter round to all my neighbours!

    Thank you soo much Martin - in total we are now around £6,500 better off since receiving your emails - it has made a tremendous difference to our lives.

    Andrea
  • Ritadita
    Council North Lincolnshire
    Band D
    Band C
    Refunded £75

    Only moved to this address in July 2006, I did think about challenging this when I first moved in, but as there was so much to do I forgot all about it, then I received one of Martin's emails and thought why not.
    It was so easy I just followed the lincs from this site and filled in some forms, just before xmas I got a letter saying I had won, saving me £150 a year.
    It really is worth taking the time to do this.
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