Council tax bands

Started by: thaknows (552)

I think I may be in the wrong band, but to challenge successfully it is necessary to provide as much evidence as possible. The bands are set with relation to the property value at 1 April 1991. Does anyone know if the property guides that came free with local papers will be available in the archives in Wigan or elsewhere?

Started: 27th Apr 2022 at 12:48

Posted by: Platty (1373)

I successfully challenged my CT on a property in Bolton. It was an absolute slog and I had to go to appeal. Are you saying it has been in the wrong band from the beginning or that it's changed since 1991? Have you googled for finding out the tax bands in 1991, it's to do with the valuation of the property at that date.

Also, if you google about challenging the tax bands, you might find some interesting views in there.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 12:52

Posted by: thaknows (552)

Current value in my street is 170K using a house price indicator working backwards to 1991 it puts my value at around 43k well below the £52001 that gives my current band C using those calculations and if I can back it up with some evidence I should be band B and so should most of my neighbours.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 13:00

Posted by: ena malcup (1170) 

Good Luck

Let us know how you get on.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 13:11

Posted by: thaknows (552)

The house price indicator wouldn't be enough evidence though, that is why I want to try and source a local property newspaper from 1991, if I can do that then I will take this forward.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 13:44

Posted by: ena malcup (1170) 

If I google my own address, I get estate agent's sites which tell me all the prices at which the property has changed hands over recent decades.

I don't know if that will help, as different parts of the country have differing history of Land Registry data being acquired. I no longer live in Wigan area.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 13:51

Posted by: Platty (1373)

tha knows: Have you asked the valuation office how they arrived at that valuation for the Council Tax Band in 1991? They should tell you that, and that is what you are disputing, i.e. how they arrived at that figure.
Once you have that reason, you will know better what you have to do to challenge it.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 16:12

Posted by: PeterP (9410)

Were I live there are 14 properties Ex council houses which look like mansions tax band "A" Bungalows which are all "B" bar mine which is Band"C". When I queried it was told that because I had a small extention maybe this had shoved the bungalow up into the next band price at the time. When you look into the tax banding you have to jump through hoops to qualify for a reduction, Not only do you have try to find out the 1991 price of the house also they want to know the square yardage of the property the list is endless

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 16:30

Posted by: Anne (4163) 

When council tax came into existence my property along with others in my street were put into F band. Most appealed immediately and went into E band. It was easy to do. At the time it was from thence the only only time an appeal could be made was when a change of ownership occurred, don’t know if this still stands.

Replied: 28th Apr 2022 at 07:43


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