Rateable Values

I am so grateful that others have been on here talking about rateable values. And for the education, but I'm still in a quandary....

I need the rateable value of my house, back when my lease was originally granted (in 1980's). The local authority sent me to the Valuation Office Agency, who sent me to the water company, who told me that because its metered, they don't keep records beyond 2 years (and its been metered for many more than that) and they sent me to the local authority. So I've gone full circle. The problem is that the rateable is crucial to the valuation of my lease, which I need to extend to get a mortgage. 
Does anyone have any knowledge of who, of the ports of call I have already made, is the right one to follow up with, to find the archives of the rates, so I can get that historic value?  Or even if it is in fact another government agency?
Any help would be appreciated!  


  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281
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    RV is from the 70s and its your local council you get help from as that who you pay rates as was to .
    Nothing to do with the water company .
  • Cardew
    Cardew Posts: 29,034
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    Many MSE posters over the years have contacted their local council to obtain their RV - usually to challenge the RV water companies used - none have been able to find that information as it had not been retained.

    As you are aware as a means of raising local taxes, Rateable Valuation ceased in April 1990 to be replaced by the poll tax and then Council Tax.  However RV was introduced in 1967 and a property could have been revalued several times between then and 1990.

    Many thousands of properties, built before or after 1990, will have had their lease extended so it is difficult to understand the role the a RV awarded over 30 years ago would have in extending the lease. 

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