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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 10th Jan 07, 12:02 PM
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    Council Tax Rebanding SUCCESS stories
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    • 10th Jan 07, 12:02 PM
    Council Tax Rebanding SUCCESS stories 10th Jan 07 at 12:02 PM
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    This thread is especially for reporting your successes in getting your council tax rebanded plus refunds.


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    • Zammo76
    • By Zammo76 23rd Jul 18, 6:52 PM
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    Zammo76
    I'm in the process of appealing my Council Tax banding. And have just received a nasty threatening letter from the Council Tax banding douchbags saying that they arn't willing to change my banding and are now looking at properties in my street (which I bought to their attention) as they think they need to increase their bandings to. However my property has been apparently valued by them as being worth between 120,000 to 160,000 in 1991, despite the fact it sold in 1996 for 110,000, which I pointed out to them.

    The only thing I think which could be altering the valuation in the Council Tax blokes eyes is that the property has had a single story extension (probably around 2008). So my question is: Is the 1991 valuation of the property based on the property as it was in that years sale price or the property as it was now (with a single story extension) price in 1991?

    Either way I really don't think a single story extension would have raised the value of the property by enough to push it to more than 120,000 in 1991's house prices.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 24th Jul 18, 2:13 PM
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    The only thing I think which could be altering the valuation in the Council Tax blokes eyes is that the property has had a single story extension (probably around 2008). So my question is: Is the 1991 valuation of the property based on the property as it was in that years sale price or the property as it was now (with a single story extension) price in 1991?

    Either way I really don't think a single story extension would have raised the value of the property by enough to push it to more than 120,000 in 1991's house prices.
    Originally posted by Zammo76
    The CT band should reflect the physical state of the property at the date of the last sale, so if you bought the property with the extension already there, it should be reflected in the band. Also in many areas, 1996 property prices were still below 1991 values.

    Finally, there is no need to use insulting language about people who are doing their job, even if you disagree with their opinion
    • BucksMum
    • By BucksMum 27th Jul 18, 12:46 AM
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    BucksMum
    Council - Buckinghamshire
    Previous band - F
    Current band - E
    Refund - 6,095.00

    After watching Martin on This Morning back in March I looked into our council band, I always thought we were in a higher band due to being detached. Our lane consists of 12 very different properties and the ones that were banded F were alot larger than our cottage. We emailed the valuation office and they came back to us saying they needed more evidence. We sent a further email showing the difference in the other F banded properties to ours and local cottages nearer our size that were band E. They replied with a letter stating they would look into our case and a couple of months later we received a letter saying our cottage had been rebanded to band E and our total refund for the last 21 years was just over 6k. We received our refund from Bucks County Council about 3 weeks later. I'm so glad I switched on the tele that morning!!! Thanks Martin !!!
    • SoftJohn
    • By SoftJohn 29th Jul 18, 4:50 PM
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    We were in a similar situation as you as our bungalow was built in 1983. We purchased it, from a builder who designed and built it himself, so it is unique. We had to find other properties that had the same specifications as ours. We needed get as many properties as we could and as much data as was available used our knowledge of the village, Zoopla, the Valuation Office Agency and the MSE Price/Tax band calculator.
    We constructed a spreadsheet consisting 11 columns: - House Number, Road Name, Type of house, Number of bedrooms, Bathrooms, Reception rooms, Date Sold, Sale Price, Estimated 1991 price, Current Tax Band and Suggested Tax Band. From our knowledge of the village and Zoopla we found out the information for the first eight column. From the Valuation Office website, we obtained the Current Tax band and from the MSE website the Estimated 1991 Sale Price and Suggested Tax Band. We did this for over 60 properties in the village. Half of them looked like they were in the correct band but the other half were like ours, one band too high. Some of the 25 or so remaining did not have the same accommodation as ours so we ignored them The remaining 18 we used as evidence which we passed on to the Valuation Office. We have been successful and our band was reduced from G to F. We do not know if this type of evidence would be acceptable if you are contemplating an appeal.
    • SoftJohn
    • By SoftJohn 10th Aug 18, 2:57 PM
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    SoftJohn
    Success at last


    Local Borough Council: North Somerset
    Council Tax Band Before: G
    Council Tax Band After: F
    Amount refunded: 6533.71
    Annual saving going forward: 372.00
    • Northstand
    • By Northstand 19th Aug 18, 9:46 AM
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    Success but sting in tail 10 years later
    We successfully challenged our council tax banding in Feb 2008 from band b to band a, we got a letter from valuation office to say matter was closed. Imagine our shock when in June 2018 the valuation office contacted us to say based on evidence from after our appeal date Feb 2008 they were overturning the decision from 2008 and reinstating our house in band b. We have been accused of financially benefiting from lower council tax, were this leaves at the moment we are UN sure. So anybody who has successfully challenged there banding there may be a sting in the tail
    • CIS
    • By CIS 19th Aug 18, 9:55 AM
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    CIS
    We successfully challenged our council tax banding in Feb 2008 from band b to band a, we got a letter from valuation office to say matter was closed. Imagine our shock when in June 2018 the valuation office contacted us to say based on evidence from after our appeal date Feb 2008 they were overturning the decision from 2008 and reinstating our house in band b. We have been accused of financially benefiting from lower council tax, were this leaves at the moment we are UN sure. So anybody who has successfully challenged there banding there may be a sting in the tail
    Originally posted by Northstand

    Any extra Council Tax will become due from when the band increase has been dated, for any period (if any) where the property remains in the lower band then the council tax charge remains due at that lower band.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 19th Aug 18, 1:38 PM
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    We have been accused of financially benefiting from lower council tax, were this leaves at the moment we are UN sure. So anybody who has successfully challenged there banding there may be a sting in the tail
    Originally posted by Northstand
    Who has accused you?

    Increasing a band after a reduction has been agreed does happen, although not very often and rarely after a period of 10 years. Usually it is blatantly obvious that the reduction should have never have happened
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