Council tax successful challenge, following probate purchase

edited 28 November 2021 at 2:11AM in Reclaiming mortgage fees, council tax, etc
1 reply 61 views
JILJIL Forumite
8.3K Posts
Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
We bought our current home following a lengthy probate.

The previous owners had passed away and had been in the property for many years.

I challenged the council tax banding successfully, it was an identical property  to others in the lower bracket, so was straight forward (albeit covid slowed the process)

There are 2 children of the previous owners. 

Would they be entitled to any refund?

I'm not really concerned about it, I just find that there is an ironic scenario.

We had a visit from debt bailiffs looking for one of the adult children. (We returned a number of letters from various companies as not known at the address)

It transpires they have an unpaid council tax debt at a rented property, they had lived at.
It just seemed a bit strange that the bailiffs are involved when actually they same department may actually owe them some money as next of kin. 


  • lincroft1710lincroft1710 Forumite
    16.6K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    The children would not be entitled to any refund. If a refund is due it would be paid to the estate of the deceased CT payer. The executor(s) of the estate should then distribute it as per the bequests in the will. 
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
Sign In or Register to comment.
Latest MSE News and Guides

British Gas prepay meter users... pay less for gas from 1 April

MSE News

The 'odd Easter flavours' thread 2023

What bizarre food stuffs have you spied?

MSE Forum

Energy Price Guarantee calculator

How much you'll likely pay from April

MSE Tools