Council tax query on band

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Hi I live on a new development and have been given band E for my council tax. When I looked into challenging it on the valuation web site it states find properties of similar size and same type. I did all of this and phoned to say at least I should be a D . They now say that my examples should be no more than 10years old and within 2 miles from my development. Is this correct as I am struggling to adhere to this verbal request that does not appear in there web site? Any help much appreciated. 

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  • lincroft1710
    lincroft1710 Posts: 17,718 Forumite
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    It may help your case if you comply with their request, but there is nothing in CT legislation setting out such parameters for comparables.

    My advice would be to complete the online appeal form (if you are within the 6 month time limit and have not already done so) and unless the VOA supplies evidence which convinces you Band E is correct, let the matter proceed to a hearing by the Valuation Tribunal.  
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
  • AMCH
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    Hi  I have lived on my estate since 2000 in a new 3 bedroomed detached bungalow and never queried my council tax band (E) assuming that all the bungalows would be the same.  A few months ago a neighbour living in a detached 4 bedroomed house (D) thought I was in the wrong tax band.  I queried this with VOA, sending in photographs of other bungalows and detached houses on the estate which were in either B,C or D.    Emails went back and forth as they were not interested in the houses.  They asked me to find properties like mine and what the valuation would have been in 1991.  I couldn't find any older properties and told them about  the (3) three bedroomed bungalows built on the site in 2000 one of which was mine and the other two were in band D.  I gave VOA the addresses and they investigated this.  I have had no word back from them but today the council has paid nearly 5,000 into my bank account which is the difference between Band D and Band E going back to 2000.  If it wasn't for Martin Lewis and his excellent advice on line I may not have bothered to chase this.  Even though I am in 70's i was determined to take this as far as I could even to the Valuation Tribunal.
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    Bob1934 said:
    Hi I live on a new development and have been given band E for my council tax. When I looked into challenging it on the valuation web site it states find properties of similar size and same type. I did all of this and phoned to say at least I should be a D . They now say that my examples should be no more than 10years old and within 2 miles from my development. Is this correct as I am struggling to adhere to this verbal request that does not appear in there web site? Any help much appreciated. 
    Pay ur debts then ... simples 
    Bob, ignore this troll.
  • lincroft1710
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    AMCH said:
    Hi  I have lived on my estate since 2000

    I have had no word back from them but today the council has paid nearly 5,000 into my bank account which is the difference between Band D and Band E going back to 2000. 

     Even though I am in 70's i was determined to take this as far as I could even to the Valuation Tribunal.
    The VOA have obviously reduced the band, but either forgot to notify you or the notification was lost in the post.

    You would be about 20 years too late to have brought a case to the Valuation Tribunal as there is a 6 month time limit on making a valid appeal. 
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
  • tracywilko
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    HI everyone.  i have tried to get my house into band b from band c, but the VOA say that i mus provide evidence of the house value within 2 years either side of 1991, which is difficult becuase on the internet you can only go back as far as 1995, and i have contacteed HM Land registry under freedom of information and they can not provide any historice prices for my house.  does anyone know if i asked for sold prices for other houses on my street, would they give it to me - or how else i can provide proof that our house was not any where near what they valued it at back in 1991 ?
    thanks 
    Tracy 
  • lincroft1710
    lincroft1710 Posts: 17,718 Forumite
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    HI everyone.  i have tried to get my house into band b from band c, 
    What evidence do you have for believing your house should be Band B?

    Secondly it is always better to start your own thread, rather than piggy back someone else's. 
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
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