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jw
Tuesday 22 May 2007 4.18pm
Hi - wondering if anyone can help. I live in a new build one bedroom flat near Borough tube. The flat has just been banded as council tax rating D.

This seems quite high for a one bed but I have nothing to guage it against or to present an argument with to the council tax valuation people.

Could anyone else give me an idea of the size of their flat, location and banding? Would really help.

Thanks
Tuesday 22 May 2007 4.22pm
I'm in the same position as you, jw.
I did wonder as well, especially as I think I am in one of the smallest flats in the newish block I am in. We really should be b or c at a push but councils don't like to play fair sometimes and I have no idea where to start to argue it either.
jw
Tuesday 22 May 2007 4.24pm
Bloggie - I have had this with a flat before and when I argued the banding they revised it.

I was able to go to them with a range of bandings for other properties in the area to show it wasn't fair (a friend of mine was on the same banding fora 3 bed house as my 1 bed flat!!)

So have you been rated D as well?
Tuesday 22 May 2007 4.30pm
On the Valuation Office website there's a search tool (http://www.voa.gov.uk/cti/InitS.asp?lcn=0) where you can see the council tax bands for all the properties on your street. Take a look - it may be the case that similar sized properties in your area are in a different band, and your flat needs to be rebranded. This happened to me a few years ago, I was living in a house that was converted into flats, but the band hadn't been updated, so we were paying too much council tax. There's more info about rebanding here: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/viewnews.cgi?newsid1160141972,18232,
mac
Tuesday 22 May 2007 4.33pm
Hello
I'm not sure whether this will be helpful or not, but there is quite a bit of information on council tax banding (and how to get your band changed) on the website moneysaving expert. Here is a link http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/viewnews.cgi?newsid1160141972,18232,

sorry, I didn't know how to make the link 'live' but it should work if you copy & paste it into the browser...
Tuesday 22 May 2007 6.49pm
jw wrote:
Could anyone else give me an idea of the size of their flat, location and banding? Would really help.

I previously rented a one bedroom flat on Southwark Bridge Road (not too far from Borough tube) and it was a band D.
Wednesday 23 May 2007 11.30am
Interesting. having looked at the VOA website, I see that out of 30 identical one bed flats in my cul de sac, 24 are in band C, but 6 of my neighbours are in band B. Surely this is unfair. I will making a phone call to the VOA I think.
Wednesday 23 May 2007 12.17pm
sorry jw, I'm a banana, I am in band c. doh! still, very expensive for one person to have to fork out every year.
are you in the new block behind the tube, to the left? they look a little bigger than my one bed flat.
Wednesday 23 May 2007 3.18pm
p.s.
found some flats in same area with band b
http://www.voa.gov.uk/cti/RefSResp.asp?lcn=0

am unsure how to proceed with this, but would like to now what you do as if I still think I'm in too high a band, you're in two too high.
Wednesday 23 May 2007 4.18pm
I'm not yet moved into SE1 but I checked for my current SW18 ex-council flat using the VOA website and my flat is the only C in a block of 15 identical units - all the others are B! So it just shows that it's worth checking as you can't trust it was done right originally.
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