Dodgy council tax letter?

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Hello! something quite weird happened. I moved to a new property in June this year and right away registered online for the council taxes and paid a first installment. Last week I received 2 letters supposedly from the council. One for this house, and one for another, random house I don't own. Puzzled, we asked the previous owner of this house whether perhaps that her new property? Well...guess what, it's not her new property, it's a property that she WANTED to buy but the sale fell through. How on earth would the council connect this house that our old property owner wanted to buy, to us?? Also the other fishy thing is my name is misspelled on the letter, but not on the website of the council, in my own account. So weird ?!

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  • lincroft1710
    lincroft1710 Posts: 17,718 Forumite
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    Perhaps the previous owner of your home mistakenly informed the council that she would be moving to the house where the sale fell through
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
  • CIS
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    Elis83 said:
    Hello! something quite weird happened. I moved to a new property in June this year and right away registered online for the council taxes and paid a first installment. Last week I received 2 letters supposedly from the council. One for this house, and one for another, random house I don't own. Puzzled, we asked the previous owner of this house whether perhaps that her new property? Well...guess what, it's not her new property, it's a property that she WANTED to buy but the sale fell through. How on earth would the council connect this house that our old property owner wanted to buy, to us?? Also the other fishy thing is my name is misspelled on the letter, but not on the website of the council, in my own account. So weird ?!

    The most likely is as Lincroft has mentioned. I've seen it happen many times with both rentals and sales/purchases where people have jumped the gun, told the council, and it's then fallen flat around them.
    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.
  • Elis83
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    that I would understand...but then why would it have my name on it and not the previous owner?
  • CIS
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    Elis83 said:
    that I would understand...but then why would it have my name on it and not the previous owner?
    With councils - !!!!!!-up is far more likely than conspiracy (I've seen some howlers). I'd expect they've had the information regarding addresses and someone has then simply used the name on the account without even looking or checking.
    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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