Karen

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 25th July 2015

Trading Status
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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 15

Karen

12:59 PM, 21st January 2020
About 9 months ago

Court Case re HMO rooms being deemed to be Band A Council Tax Dwellings

Hi
I had this issue in 2017 with Aberdeen city council when business rates were reviewed. I had qualified for business rates (and received the small business discount) but the council tried to change me to Band A council tax.
I have 39 rooms over 5 properties - rented room by room, all with shared facilities and changing to Band A council tax per room would have bankrupted me overnight.
I engaged a solicitor and property surveyor who was knowledgable about property assessment.
The outcome was that I had to change to whole house council tax but that was better than individual room tax.
I was able to show that the houses were completely under my control- I provided weekly cleaning of common areas, a gardener, weekly maintenance, a property manager on call 24hrs and my guests had homes elsewhere eg Mon-Fri contractors etc.
I managed to survive that particular attempt on my business but the legal fees were hefty and I suspect rates and council tax reviews will not go away.
This is one of the many reasons I've decided to sell up. I think landlords are stigmatised now and investing in other markets are becoming more attractive. It's a pity because our guests love our properties and I have a great relationship with them.
Good luck Andrew and friend.... Read More

Karen

9:09 AM, 29th September 2018
About 2 years ago

Karen

9:48 AM, 22nd May 2017
About 3 years ago

I may have to sell after Council Tax reassessment increase of £100pm per room?

Hello Colin
Can you give me an email address and I'll write to you?
Thanks
Karen... Read More

Karen

16:06 PM, 21st May 2017
About 3 years ago

I may have to sell after Council Tax reassessment increase of £100pm per room?

Hello and thank you to all who contributed to my thread. I have an update.
I employed a solicitor and a surveyor who specialises in rates assessments who challenged grampian assessors.
The assessor has now had a complete change of mind and will now not be issuing each bedroom with individual council tax - whole house council tax to be paid by me will now apply. A good result.
The down side is that the professional fees are costing me a small fortune - but better in the long run.
Cheers!... Read More

Karen

11:02 AM, 30th March 2017
About 4 years ago

I may have to sell after Council Tax reassessment increase of £100pm per room?

Reply to the comment left by "Robert Mellors" at "29/03/2017 - 17:26":

Hello Robert
That's a bit too scary for me, but I'm astonished at the sums involved.
Thanks again
Karen... Read More