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Council tax 200 percent increase

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I have been renovating my late fathers bungalow for last 2 years . Prior to this Dad had been in a care home for 3 years because he had Parkinson’s and Dementia. We’d always maintained the garden but inside it needed a full refurbishment. The council charged us 100 per cent council tax once it went through probate because they said it had been unoccupied over 2 years. Now it’s near completion and we are just about to put it on the market . My husband is now out of work through the pandemic and all our money is tied up in the property. I work full time so we don’t get benefits.Yesterday the council sent me a new tax bill and the council tax has gone up to 200 per cent charge, it’s over 440 pounds per month and we just can’t afford it . Is there anything we can do . It’s made me feel ill . 

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  • elmerelmer Forumite
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     It depends on how long its been empty and your councils policies on empty homes, however I think you have nothing to lose by writing in and asking for a discretionary delay, at the minute, especially if you think it is likely to sell quite quickly. Presumably you haven't previously had an extension to the 100% rate?

    You will need to do it in writing though

    hope this helps

    elmer
  • DunnyreadDunnyread Forumite
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    thank you Elmer including the period My dad was in a care home the property has been empty over 6 years . I will try got nothing to loose just can’t afford 440 pounds per month 

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    Dunnyread said:
    I have been renovating my late fathers bungalow for last 2 years . Prior to this Dad had been in a care home for 3 years because he had Parkinson’s and Dementia. We’d always maintained the garden but inside it needed a full refurbishment. The council charged us 100 per cent council tax once it went through probate because they said it had been unoccupied over 2 years. Now it’s near completion and we are just about to put it on the market . My husband is now out of work through the pandemic and all our money is tied up in the property. I work full time so we don’t get benefits.Yesterday the council sent me a new tax bill and the council tax has gone up to 200 per cent charge, it’s over 440 pounds per month and we just can’t afford it . Is there anything we can do . It’s made me feel ill . 

    The additional increase has to meet certain specific requirements to apply. The easiest way is to make sure it's no longer substantially unfurnished.
    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.
  • DunnyreadDunnyread Forumite
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    dunstonh said:
    .Yesterday the council sent me a new tax bill and the council tax has gone up to 200 per cent charge, it’s over 440 pounds per month and we just can’t afford it .

    I'm band G and that is double what we are paying.    Is there some sort of back payment being recovered into figure or is the house a band H category.


    It’s band D and no arrears. It’s been unoccupied for a few years due to my dad been in a care home and then us renovating it . They’ve added this premium . 
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