Council Tax Dilemma – What Would You Do?

Posted on 26th March 2012 in council tax

After moving house in December I was somewhat floored by my council tax bill.

It’s a lot more than I have ever paid before. I thought it must be wrong so I applied online to challenge it.

Three months later (and three chase ups) they have written to say that they think the band is correct.

I have now looked into it all further and it seems to hinge on the value of the property in April 1991.

My house wasn’t built in April 1991 so you have to use to reverse house price calculator like this one.

It is obviously a rather inexact science! Using the calculator, it would seem that my house (based on the reverse calculation) would fall into a particular band by about £500.

So, in theory, the council are correct.

However, surely I could argue that as my house wasn’t built then there is no real way to ascertain its value and as it only just tips into the higher band it might be reasonable to assume some margin of error?

In normal circumstances I would appeal against the decision.

BUT. And here lies the dilemma:

I’ve also checked some of the other houses on my street using the reverse calculator. My neighbours for example. Their house is worth about 100k more than mine and using the reverse calculator their house should actually go up into the next band – this would obviously increase their council tax bill.

So do I leave it and put up with potentially paying £500 a year too much for my council tax?

Or do I appeal it and risk my neighbours having their band put up?

3 Comments

  • Reply Matt Hudson 26th March 2012 at 6:22 pm

    £500 is an awful lot of money to anybody, particularly at times like this, and I would assume that it would come in very handy to you and your family. I would probably be of a mind to try and appeal again, or to try and track down similar judgements/reassessments from either your council or others around the country.

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 26th March 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Matt, yes that £500 (a year, every year!) would be put to much better use in my bank account! I really don’t want to drop the neighbours in it though :(

  • Reply Heidi (@Him_Me_Three) 27th March 2012 at 9:49 pm

    £500 is a huge amount of money, especially if you shouldn’t be paying it. At the risk of sounding selfish I would consider my family’s bank balance over and above anyone else’s. It’s not your fault they live in a more expensive house and should be paying more. They wouldn’t know it was down to your investigations and appeal anyway, would they??

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