11:55 AM, 26th January 2022, About 4 months ago 9
A landlord client has bought a probate sale property that is not quite dilapidated but is barely habitable (depending on your definition of ‘habitable’).
There is central heating but no boiler. The place is filthy, and he intends to take the house back to the bare brick and completely remodel it, extending the square footage along the way. This project is estimated to take 12 months, so he is renting a flat 800 metres away, so he can keep an eye on the project as it progresses.
He has asked us whether we can advise on the council tax position because as things stand, he is certainly liable for council tax on the rented flat but would be looking for an exemption on the house which will remain unoccupied until the renovations have been completed.
At the point where his builder starts taking ceilings down the property becomes genuinely uninhabitable so should be exempt from council tax, but would they say he’s deliberately made the house uninhabitable?
Can he get council tax exemption because of the current condition of the house and the fact that in a very cold January, there’s no central heating because there’s no boiler?
Any help with how we should advise our landlord would be appreciated.
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