Monday 16 July 2012 5.47pm
Thanks beingjdc, hadn't realised that's how they do it (had never really thought about it). I doubt most people would have built an extension in SE1!
No, that's true - and you don't get revalued until you sell up, no matter what you build. I forget whether a loft conversion counts. One of the big sticking points at the moment which may be relevant to the better off in SE1 is how independent you can make a granny flat before it becomes a separate property.
Although if such a conversion is actually for an older family member of the residents in the main house it's exempted no matter what (that has been the case since 1998, though the Government have just reannounced that they're going to make it exempt, for some reason...)
I don't think the VOA can uprate a neighbour because of your appeal, but don't take my word as gospel on that, it's sometimes true about sleeping dogs. Martin Lewis's advice is good on this issue, and there's a CT valuation board on the forum there as I recall, too.