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  • Tax

    Recover Council Tax paid in advance ...?

    I am a landlord and I have paid a years council tax to the local council (Derby City). The rental property is being renovated. I anticipate letting in late July. I assume the council will then bill the new tenant for Council Tax. I assume I get my Council Tax refunded?

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    Many councils do not allow a council tax free period, you need to speak to the council

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    [Image: New-logo2.png] Manchester based investor. I buy, sell, renovate and rent investment property in East/North Manchester Wink email: mike@brentwoodinvestments.co.uk Call: 0161 681 3724


    From Derby City Council website

    "From 1st April 2015, properties classed as empty and unoccupied will attract a 100% discount for a period of up to 28 calendar days."

    https://www.derby.gov.uk/advice-and-bene...-discount/

    and (my bold)

    "The changes from 1st April 2013

    • properties previously granted a six month exemption due to being empty and unfurnished are now charged 100% Council Tax.
    • properties previously granted a 10% long term empty discount (long-term empty means a property empty and unoccupied between six months and two years) are now charged 100% Council Tax.
    • properties previously granted a 12 month exemption due to being unoccupied and requiring or undergoing major structural repair are now charged 100% Council Tax.
    • unless covered by an exemption, properties which have been unoccupied for over two years are now charged an empty home premium of 50%. For this reason, if the property has been empty for over two years charges will be raised at 150% Council Tax irrespective of the length of ownership.
    • properties previously granted a 10% second home discount are now charged at 100% Council Tax. This does not include tied accommodation that will continue to receive a 50% discount."

    https://www.derby.gov.uk/advice-and-bene...xemptions/

    But, yes, apart from that, any overpayment on your part will be refunded once someone else (ie a tenant) becomes liable to pay the council tax. I find it's always worthwhile paying as little as possible up front, ie just the monthly payments as they become due - helps with cash-flow!

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    Great, thanks for the speedy reply Andrew. Unfortunately it was my oversight that meant I had to pay a full years Council Tax :-(

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    Not sure if it is in your area, in my area there is a single persons discount of 25%.

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    The 25% discount is set in legislation, local authorities have no powers (yet) to change this rate. The problem with this discount is that it can only be awarded where the property has at least one 'resident' (applying the council tax definition) - where there is more than one resident a 25% discount can still apply in some cases.

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    Specialist Council Tax paralegal advisor & consultant (A. NALP)
    http://www.lgfa92.co.uk
    Posting as @CouncilTaxGuy on Twitter
    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 !


    The actual charge will be recalculated once the exact details of the council tax account are finalised and any credit will be available for refund.

    The fun aspect comes where your council try and argue that they choose which discount applies where more than can apply - it's not so bad where they offer a 0% for each of the those discounts but where they offer different rates it can cause arguments.

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    Specialist Council Tax paralegal advisor & consultant (A. NALP)
    http://www.lgfa92.co.uk
    Posting as @CouncilTaxGuy on Twitter
    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 !