11:26 AM, 23rd May 2016, About 5 years ago 18
I have 3 HMOs 2 registered and one I was told was not registerable. I was told by the HMO man from the local council as it was self contained units so we just carried on as we were.
I’ve now had a letter from the council/valuation department to tell me that as they are self contained they all need to pay separate council tax – which is madness as they are rooms with kitchen unit (all one modern) and a shower/loo. Electricity and heating is mine.
The decision I have now is whether to allow the valuation department to give them ‘values’ though I don’t know how they can, speak to HMO department to see how I can get it registered as an HMO – put in a communal area maybe and use up one unit? or sell.
I’m also wondering how far back the valuation people can go and claim in back council tax.
My feeling at the moment is to sell, it is mortgage free and with this new method of taxing interest on buy to let coming up I could reduce other borrowings.
Anyone with any experience of this area? – we were definitely not advised that the units were classed as council taxable – and didn’t think to ask.
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