Joined: 21 Nov 2005 Posts: 5287 Location: Hampshire
Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:13 am Post subject:
What do you think?
can't help thinking, when I look around the area in which I live, just how much council tax could be and isn't collected by the councils because of the rules of the councils/VOA. I would think that a large percentage of properties have increased in size since the revaluation: many of them are still in their original bands. So, if I buy a rundown property that falls into band A say, I can convert into a palace and the council tax will not be affected until I sell. Surely the answer to this is that when a property is enlarged (and the councils usually know when) the property should be reassessed for the council tax due. At the moment, when the property is sold, the buyer will pay the newly assessed tax should there be any change to the property during the tenure of the seller. I am told by the councils that their reasoning behind the non alteration of the banding is that it might discourage people from upgrading their properties. If a property owner can spend thousands upon thousands on extending their home then, in most cases, they could afford the additional council tax.
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