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    Get my property removed from Council Tax list when renovation is going on

    Hi,

    I'm doing a full renovation of my flat, the existing kitchen, bathroom, flooring, windows, ceiling, etc, will all be demolished and replaced by new ones. Some internal walls will also be removed. The renovation project takes 4 months to complete. During this process, the flat would be inhabitable, and I have moved out before the project started.

    It seems I might be able to get the VOA to remove my flat from the council tax list, due to the rules below:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...r-are-derelict
    4.2 Renovation and structural alteration

    Where the works are more substantial, including structural alterations, major renovation or other alterations, (which result in the property being incapable of occupation), then the band may be deleted. In these circumstances the works would result in a property of a different character from the old one it replaces. Such works will be of a much greater scale than normal repairs, and often carried out to a different specification to the original. Significant reconstruction must make it impossible to live in any part of the property for the band to be deleted.


    I was wondering whether anyone have done that before, for the sake of saving a few hundred pounds? Is it a usual thing to do when you carry out an extensive renovation of your property?

    thanks
    Patrick

    #2
    I think we both know that the council will put up so many hurdles to this, that you might as well not bother, don't we?

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      #3
      I've looked at purchasing a property in the past that didn't have a toilet or kitchen sink. It was in the process of being renovated but the owners had run out of money. It was considered uninhabitable because it didn't have a toilet or a place for a person to wash themselves and it didn't have a place to prepare or wash food . The rest of the house was ok. I couldn't get a BTL mtg on it.

      Another property had a ceiling down and it was all over the floor. This was considered habitable because the person could sleep in another room.

      In your case, I think it might be touch and go. The council might well say that you chose to take the toilet etc out and are leaving them out, in an effort to avoid council tax.

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        #4
        Each authority is different but most are much stricter that they used to be when we regularly claimed exemption for voids. Now you are better off moving in while you do the work and claim the single person discount

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          #5
          You state that the property will be inhabitable... is there a clue there?


          ....
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            You state that the property will be inhabitable... is there a clue there?
            No kitchen, no toilet, no hot water, surely it is not massively habitable?

            Anyway, I have sent the VOA office an email asked for my flat to be removed from the Council Tax list. I will update the outcome.

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              #7
              May I humbly suggest you re-read your original post looking for the phrase. " ...the flat would be inhabitable...."..

              Detail matters in property, paperwork, council tax discounts or exemptions..
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Given how cash strapped councils are I suspect the hurdles put in your way will be big

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                  #9
                  We did just this when we were renovating and converting a house into 3 flats. Because we had stripped out the kitchen and the bathrooms (we left one wc as a site toilet for the builders) it was classed as uninhabitable and no council tax was payable.

                  An inspector kept popping around to see if it was inhabitable agan and as soon as it was advised us to register the flats for business rates as it became 3 holiday lets in Cornwall.

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