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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.

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    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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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 28th Mar 16, 2:28 PM
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    Refund should be automatic, but a 6 week wait isn't that excessive and they may credit your 2016/17 CT bill with any refund due. No harm in writing or phoning to find out what's happening
    • Mossey2
    • By Mossey2 13th Apr 16, 6:52 AM
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    Milton Keynes Council
    Council Tax band D
    Lowered to band C
    Refund £1774

    Amazed. Was so simple to do thanks to this site. Thank you Martin !
    • dodgy123
    • By dodgy123 29th Apr 16, 11:24 AM
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    dodgy123
    Milton Keynes Council
    Council Tax band D
    Lowered to band C
    Refund £1774

    Amazed. Was so simple to do thanks to this site. Thank you Martin !
    Originally posted by Mossey2


    Me and Mossey2 showing MK council how its done, got £1280 back this week. Also got some very happy neighbours who've had theirs reduced too
    • Steve191r
    • By Steve191r 12th Jun 16, 7:52 PM
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    Council tax rebanding
    I have a band c property and have been in the same house for 17 years and now been told by my neighbour that the properties in the street should be on a band B can I claim for this 17 years? And what is chance of succeeding in trying to claim and change to correct band ? Can anyone advise me the best way to go about this.

    Kind regards

    Charlotte
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 12th Jun 16, 8:46 PM
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    I have a band c property and have been in the same house for 17 years and now been told by my neighbour that the properties in the street should be on a band B can I claim for this 17 years? And what is chance of succeeding in trying to claim and change to correct band ? Can anyone advise me the best way to go about this.

    Kind regards

    Charlotte
    Originally posted by Steve191r
    Why does your neighbour believe the CT bands should be Band B?
    • wiltshire rob
    • By wiltshire rob 24th Jun 16, 3:51 PM
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    I challenged my banding and my band was reduced and i received a £5800 refund thank's Martin
    • Carnival
    • By Carnival 16th Jul 16, 1:57 PM
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    Another success!
    Liverpool City Council
    Previous Band: E
    New Band: D
    Refund: £6400
    New saving: £450 annually

    I used all the information on this website and thoroughly researched everything before challenging. The neighbours' check was clearly the deciding factor!
    • gandaallen1
    • By gandaallen1 21st Jul 16, 11:37 AM
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    10 Years overpayment refund
    PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL
    Was BAND C; now BAND B
    Refund - £1468.01

    Did the 2 things suggested - compared house values to 2 local houses as suggested, and compared their banding compared to mine. They were in B, I was in C for 10 years!
    Sent off the info and got the standard letter saying it was rejected, but in small print it said but call as there may be circumstances permission to look at it will be granted. So I called, told them to the 2 things over the phone and they looked themselves at the banding whilst on the phone. Didn't hear any more for a few weeks until a letter today. Yay. Thank you MSE!
    • Daerve
    • By Daerve 5th Sep 16, 4:42 PM
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    Daerve
    Worcestershire County Council changed my band from D to E after we moved last year.

    Appealed and band was changed back to D.

    Happy days....
    • mrlapes
    • By mrlapes 7th Sep 16, 11:02 AM
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    proof of sale price?
    i challenged my band and have been told from the council without proof of sale price from 1991 - nothing can be done

    is this correct?
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 7th Sep 16, 3:10 PM
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    lincroft1710
    i challenged my band and have been told from the council without proof of sale price from 1991 - nothing can be done

    is this correct?
    Originally posted by mrlapes
    It will be the Valuation Office Agency who said this as they deal with CT bands not the council. Your band can be reviewed without this information, find similar properties nearby in a lower band and inform VOA of these.
    • LynnCrawford
    • By LynnCrawford 21st Sep 16, 3:42 AM
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    Thank You MSE
    Dundee City
    Was Band G
    Now Band F
    Refunded £5035.16
    Monthly payment reduced by £28.25

    23 years refunded!

    When Mum passed away in April 2014, I inherited half and then bought my sister's half of the family home and moved in during Nov 2014 with the prospect of a long renovation project.
    In June this year, I was going through papers from Dad's estate and discovered that the house had been valued right in the middle of the Band F range in late 1990 for his estate. I did a bit of research on similar houses in the area and discovered that my neighbour and I were the only 2 Band G in the area. Interestingly, both she and Mum were recently divorced and widowed respectively and did not challenge the band at the outset.

    Using your template as a guide, I contacted the Council by email and asked them to review the band. I pushed my luck and asked them to go back to the time of my Mum's ownership.

    The Council surveyor came out to the house and I was able to prove that there had been no significant work done to the house until after April 1991 when the bands were set.

    A couple of weeks later I was advised that my appeal had been successful and I was refunded £372.86 straight to my bank in a matter of days. The overpayment of £28.25 per month that had been made for 5 of the 10 payment months has been offset against the rest of the years's payments.
    I sent a further email thanking them for the payments relating to the time of my ownership and asking what consideration had been given to the period between April 1993 and Mum's passing in April 2014. The would have been a vacant possession full discount between then and the transfer to my name.

    I have just received a letter from my solicitor advising that Mum's estate has been repaid £4521.05 and that my sister and I will each receive our half share tomorrow. Bear in mind that both Mum and I were entitled to 25% single occupancy discount so these figures are 75% of the full Council Tax value.

    Sorry, long post, but I'm over the moon!! I am now helping my neighbour with her appeal.

    Thank you Money Saving Expert!!
    • darich
    • By darich 22nd Sep 16, 9:59 AM
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    I tried to have my band changed based on numerous identical properties within 200-300m of my house. They're all band D, I'm in Band E.
    I was refused based on the fact that I missed the 6month deadline (that I was unaware of) by 3 weeks.
    Despite me pointing out that any mistakes must be rectified regardless of when they are notified the council stood firm and I remained in Band E.


    It still annoys me and I'm still sure I'm in the wrong band but the council refuses to budge!!

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    • Hippychic63
    • By Hippychic63 1st Oct 16, 5:26 PM
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    Can previous owners claim a refund when you successfully lower your band?
    I moved house in March and realised that the council tax banding was too high. I went through all the right channels and asked for an assessment to see if it could be lowered and have just heard that it has been been successful and has been rebanded from G to F.
    Although we won't receive any major refund from this I would like to know if we can inform the people who sold it to us so that they can claim a refund which should be worth around £1,000 to them.
    Does anyone know if they will be able to put in a claim for overpayment for the three years that they lived here?
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 1st Oct 16, 7:28 PM
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    Does anyone know if they will be able to put in a claim for overpayment for the three years that they lived here?
    Originally posted by Hippychic63
    Yes they can.
    • LuckyTeasel
    • By LuckyTeasel 10th Oct 16, 1:56 PM
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    Whopping refund
    We moved into our Band F house in 1995. Within a year (but after six months) I realised we were overpaying massively as our neighbours in a bigger house were Band E. It was too late to appeal and I thought we were going to have to lump it. It seemed so unjust. Earlier this year I found on this site that I could have a go at reducing the tax and I did it. Probably took about two hours to dig out our original purchase details, the estate agent's description, take some photos and write a case. I got the automatic refusal notice and went to the second stage of asking for a reassessment - this was not tricky as I just forwarded the first email. There was a problem at the agency as the person sent my file was ill but eventually I got a call and was told we were being dropped two bands. Ten days later I have received a refund in excess of £10,000 and as I've apparently already paid all the council tax I should pay this year my next three payments will not be collected. So all in all this is worth £11,328. Next year the monthly payment is about £80 less. I am somewhat shell-shocked but of course there is no interest payable and I could have done with more disposable money when my children were small. It's infuriating the system in valuing properties was so random and that until recently it's not been possible to seek redress. I'd recommend anyone has a go at this if they are confident they are in the wrong band - this was the most lucrative two hours of my life.
    • lolbeck
    • By lolbeck 10th Oct 16, 2:34 PM
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    lolbeck
    A bit of advice please
    Sorry - wrong place...............
    Last edited by lolbeck; 10-10-2016 at 3:00 PM.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 10th Oct 16, 7:45 PM
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    lincroft1710
    We moved into our Band F house in 1995. Within a year (but after six months) I realised we were overpaying massively as our neighbours in a bigger house were Band E. It was too late to appeal and I thought we were going to have to lump it. It seemed so unjust. It's infuriating the system in valuing properties was so random and that until recently it's not been possible to seek redress.
    Originally posted by LuckyTeasel
    The right to ask for a re-assessment has always existed, Since November 1993, plenty of people who were out of time to make a valid appeal asked for a re-assessment and had their bands reduced. You could have asked back in 1995.
    • LuckyTeasel
    • By LuckyTeasel 11th Oct 16, 11:21 AM
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    No one told me
    Believe me I would have sorted it out all those years ago when I first noticed it. At the time I did call the council and was told there was nothing I could do about it. Obviously I was given duff info and had it not been for this website I would have carried on shelling out so I'm very grateful.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 11th Oct 16, 1:44 PM
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    If you originally spoke to the council as opposed to the Valuation Office Agency, who deal with banding, then you were definitely misinformed as the council should have referred you to the VOA.
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