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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Council Tax

    Hi all

    I wonder if you can assist,

    We have a house with an attached annexe which was part of an extension built 9 years ago.  We have just licensed the main house for HMO purposes. The HMO officer brought a planning officer out to view the annexe and it was concluded the annexe would not be a Enforcement issue as it had been in situ for over 4 years, however to validate the build we would require a certificate of lawfulness. Which can be subjective when presenting the evidence documents that it has been in situ for over 4 years.

    The planning officer suggested we register for council tax now for the annexe as it would act as our time stamp if we applied for a certificate of lawfulness in the future with the council.

    Does this process sound right?

    Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.
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    I suspect what he's suggesting is to get it all squared up with the VOA and that will provide evidence of the date the property was originally completed for the 4 year time-scale.

    The annexe likely should have already been registered for council tax this whole time - it is more than likely that, whenever it is registered, the VOA will look to backdate the council tax charge to the date of construction. That usually leads to a whole world of fun.

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    Specialist Council Tax advisor (A.Inst.Pa) based in Gateshead, but working nationally for landlords and council tax payers.
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    Why not look at our blog at http://www.lgfa92.co.uk/blog

    Any posts are my own opinion on legislation and may vary from your local authorities !