Housing Trust Council Tax

As Housing Trust flats have no saleable value, surely its impossible to ascribe a Band value? Why does a Housing Trust tenant therefore pay Council Tax?

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  • Cathyl wrote: »
    As Housing Trust flats have no saleable value, surely its impossible to ascribe a Band value? Why does a Housing Trust tenant therefore pay Council Tax?

    Of course they have a saleable value. Should the housing put them up for sale they'll sell for a price. Not that they would.
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    The process of valuation looks at what the property would obtain on the open market - any difficulties, such as trust ownership etc, are ignored in the valuation.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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    As CIS posted, plus the fact that the Band A value is "up to £40,000" (in England) so a catch-all.

    Why should an HT tenant be exempt from paying CT?
  • The government doesn’t allow the housing Trust to sell the property due to being charitable and has been the case since 1890 and therefore has never been sold
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    Cathyl wrote: »
    The government doesn’t allow the housing Trust to sell the property due to being charitable and has been the case since 1890 and therefore has never been sold


    Doesn't matter - the council tax set-up looks at what the property would be worth if sold, not whether it can or will be sold (The determination is made on an 'assumption' that 9 statutory points apply - a lot of these assumptions don't physically apply to a specific property but that doesn't stop them being implicitly applied).
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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    Cathyl wrote: »
    As Housing Trust flats have no saleable value, surely its impossible to ascribe a Band value? Why does a Housing Trust tenant therefore pay Council Tax?
    Are you such a tenant? Or is this simply a spurious hypothetical question? If the former, why not test the water by challenging your Council Tax bill and see what happens? :D
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    Are you such a tenant? Or is this simply a spurious hypothetical question? If the former, why not test the water by challenging your Council Tax bill and see what happens? :D


    Arguments on principles typically end 'Sorry your worships...'
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
  • I thought Right to Buy was being extended to all HA and other social landlords ... or has that idea gone back down the rabbit hole .. probably to be resurrected in 9.5 years time when BJ is desperate for some policys?
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