can an eyesore house get you a rates reduction

  sunnystaines 22:25 17 Mar 2010

Two years ago the old lady died next door and a builder bought the house off her relatives for a very reduced price he started a big renovation job on it [we think the builder has bought the house for a quick renovation and sell for a large profit but has run out of funds] of the house, he replaced the roof causing lots of dust and mess but the building work seems to have stalled with seven foot high boadring and scaffolding over one end of the house with a partly completed two story sunhouse extension, the dugup driveway is slowly eating its way into the footway [does have a dropped kerb] the general appearance of the house is an eyesore.

Visitors to our home tell us to apply for a rates reduction, so we contacted the the rates dept of the council who told us to contact the Valuation Office Agency (part of the Inland Revenue) to have our house inspected and revalued. But have been told they could raise the rates value as well as reduce it.

Can anyone advise please, would I get anywhere with this eyesore next door.

  spuds 23:13 17 Mar 2010

Try contacting the council again, because they have a legal duty in respect of 'building work'. But be warned, most council's might be very reluctant at the start,due to costs which they will have to claim off the property owner.

  wee eddie 23:58 17 Mar 2010

You have been told correctly, your Rateable value is not guaranteed to drop, because it is based on the current Saleable Value of the house.

That saleable value may be being reduced because of the cowp next door but, depending on the gap between the last re-valuation and the latest, it still may be considerably higher than it was at the last re-valuation.

  lotvic 00:13 18 Mar 2010

There's a website where you can check the band you and your neighbours are in and it has lots of other info on getting a reduction click here

  morddwyd 07:29 18 Mar 2010

If by rates you mean Council Tax I would tread very warily.

There has been no revaluation since the initial one, and even the most unlikely property will have increased in value since then.

  sunnystaines 07:54 18 Mar 2010

thanks for the advice, i will leave for now

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