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  • Tax

    Void property Council Tax = "stealth" tax!



    I have just finished doing my accounts and arranging for the Self assessment for to be completed for 2018/19

    Has anyone else noticed the amount of Council Tax they are now paying on void property? I received two reminders for over £300 for two properties which are now let.

    I normal turn around a Property for re rental in about One Month for the old Tenant moving out and a new Tenant moving in

    In the last year I also did a number of updates so they both took around Three Months to Update a property fitting new Bathrooms and Kitchens and a rewire and then full decoration ect and then re let

    My bill is much higher than it has ever been due to exemptions being removed for empty property

    Are others finding the same?  What in the Past was never a Bill is now quite a large bill ....

    Out of interest, what percentage are you using in your Business Plan to pay this stealth Tax?

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    You're lucky!

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    I've just bought my first project in The Vale Of Glamorgan. Council Tax exempt for the first 6 months and then 50% for the next 6 months as long as its unfurnished.

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    I think most NE councils charge no from day one

    no exemptions anymore for council tax

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    I Have a house in Newcastle on Tyne and had to do a big refurb to it last year; the council charged me 150% council tax the whole time it was empty till I got some tenants!  This is the highest I have had to pay!!

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    I have sympathy with you

    its costly doing a referb in 2019 every day you pay tax for nothing

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    150% . That`s Outrageous

    Worth perhaps renting it  for £0 pcm to a  friend who is single and thereby getting a 25% discount on the 100% rate and then just paying the tax for them  @ 75% rate saving yourself 50%

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com


    Yeah I agree; but it was having a very big refurb so wan't possible to rent t anyone as floor boards were taken up for heating work and damp proof work etc etc. cost c£30k in total.
    ​But the house value went up a lot and I remortgaged and pulled out £25k, so that helped Smile

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    We get a 50% discount for major refurbs where its not habitable so happy with that . Your council is well mean arnt they ! I was thinking with the tenant more of a paper exercise though just to get the CT discount . Legal but morally questionable perhaps .  But sounds like you have made a fab job of it and done well so its a bit penny pinching i guess and maybe too much hassle in the bigger scheme of things  .

    I get a 3 piece KFC for £6.88 once in a while . The other week I noticed on the receipt i could get a 15% discount if i went online filled in a form  and got a validation code . I did that but it was 6 mins of my life wasted really . The next time I went in though I got £1.03 off my meal and was well chuffed . Its the principle in my mind more than the cash I guess and  I do seem to get a disproportional buzz out of beating systems sometimes. Maybe i should learn to let things go

    But 6 mins work for £1.03 is in fact £10.30 per hour and  that`s above minimum wage

    As they say ...Look after the pennies........

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    Hi JC....yes the council does seem to have a very penurious policy for charging rates for an empty house; but it was Hobson's Choice really as the house is 200 miles away from where I live (it's a long story and my other props are much nearer). 

    And Yes...the house looks very nice now after the 'big refurb' as the surveyor acknowledged with his revaluation in January, so all worth it in the end...thanks.

    Whatever, these things happen I guess and tenants have now been in it for 6 months are are happy so onward and upwards.
    Ps....sorry for the delay in replying...but I got busy with other stuff and then realised I hadn't replied to you Smile

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