If I challenge and the band for my neighbours in increased, will they know that it's because of me?
in Reclaiming mortgage fees, council tax, etc
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I've just been checking all the other similar properties near me of the same 1960's development. Many of them have been extended and are bigger than mine now, but they are all in band C or D. I'm in band E, and the only reason I can think of is that I'm the last one in the development, so am round the corner with a different postcode from all the others, including my direct neighbour. If I challenge the banding and rather than getting a reduction, all my neighbours get put in a higher band, will they know that it is me that has challenged the council, or is it anonymous?
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You pay council tax independently of everyone else and it's nobody else's business what band your property is in.
If you think your property is not in the right band, contact your council and ask them to do a review.
And even if your neighbours DO find out, what are they going to do?
If you can save some money by reducing your council tax bill, go for it. Now is the best time, too before the next financial year begins. (Assuming that's April, as it is where I live.)
'And even if your neighbours DO find out, what are they going to do? '
- I want to keep good relationships with my neighbours...
A CT band cannot be increased on account of alterations carried out by the current owner after CT came into force. So it is possible to have larger houses than yours correctly in a lower band.
Although neither the VOA nor the Assessor would not identify your home as being the one that led to the increase in bands of other dwellings, it would not be too difficult for someone determined, to find out which householder was responsible.
Unless your postcode reflects a much more expensive neighbourhood or district I would doubt that is the reason for the difference in banding. The most likely explanation is that there was an error made when banding your home.