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We are looking at a property to improve to make a 5 bed roomed HMO, The adjacent house is unoccupied and has been for years because of some dispute. The owner tells us he intends to have it declared unfit for habitation, which seems odd! I would have thought it was a council issue for them to decide.and if so declared is it not only a matter of complying with a schedule of works to bring it up to standard?
There is no direct concern with the property we are interested in other that some mutual damp, chimney needing flashings and repointing.
If they do that then it's possible to get it zero rated for council tax.
is this a fairly recent change? about 5 years ago we went to council tax tribunal and lost. it was held that the house could be made habitable for reasonable cost even though it was derelict (no floors, no services, no windows)!
we had to pay council tax.
We bought a house with no ceilings, only a sink in the kitchen, no plastered walls and unfinished concrete floors. The ratings office zero rated us just on the photos we sent them. The house had stood like that for 40 yeats having not been completed.
Correct. I asked my council to waive my council tax for my empty BTL and they told me they can’t unless its unliveable/ not habitable.
simply removing the kitchen sink and the toilet makes it uninhabitable.
Thanks Gary. We intend to replace sink and toilet, so I will get back to the council. Thanks again.
Hope it works out for you, let me know what happens.
There maybe a time factor set by your council?
Not in my area it does’nt, the council now consider that the property is under refurbishment , i’ve been told its why social providers board up an empty property, this does make the property uninhabitable and ct exempt, which covers the cost of protecting the property.
I’ve dealt with the same guy at my council for 7 years now, he knows the kind of quality I have in my properties and the improvement I make to the areas I work in. I find them very helpful and can help you out (most of the time).
They have saved me paying council tax on a good few occasions.
i understand other councils have different policies and rules.
Morning, good to hear your council is focused on more than just protecting revenue streams. Here as a landlord you’d pretty much need to disconnect the services or board it up to get an exemption. Though the council once had a stated aim of reducing the amount of rented property in the area, so there is little encouragement to do things properly. Definitely an area where absent/rogue landlords flourish.
100% council tax from day 1 in the event of voids as well.