9:49 AM, 26th July 2021, About 2 months ago 12
In February my daughter (first-time buyer on lowish income) bought an empty terraced house to live in. She could see that the house had been empty for a while but nobody warned her about empty property council tax premiums. The local council (Leicester City) now says that she is liable for council tax at 300% for the period it has remained empty since completion while renovations have been undertaken. The work consisted of new gutters, rewiring, installation of central heating, complete replastering, new kitchen and bathroom and redecoration.
The local empty housing officer did ask her to complete a questionnaire about her intentions and she received some reduced VAT on some of the work whilst paying her normal council tax assessment.
Having just been billed for the extra CT she is rushing to complete enough work to be able to occupy the house as soon as possible.
Should her solicitor have warned her about the council tax? It doesn’t appear to be part of the standard search questions.
Is there anything she can do about the CT premium?
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