Ruinous Council Tax banding – HMO or Flats?Make Text Bigger
I have recently been the victim of my local authority reassessing what was originally an HMO, which I converted in the early 1990’s, now as 8 separate flats, with the ruinous financial consequences likely to put me out of business.
From the research I have done, it seems this is a new trick that councils are trying-on, simply to squeeze a bit more money out of private landlords and or tenants, and is simply not fair. It seems the definition of an HMO as opposed to a self-contained flat is not clear, and even though all my bedsits have a degree of sharing some facilities, such as toilets, because the tenants are individuals, on separate AST’s, the property is no longer an HMO?
Has anyone else experienced this in recent times? My letting agents are mystified and say, of all the landlords and tenants in the city with similar properties to my own, they have never before come across this! Why should I be singled out or is this moving of the goalposts a new initiative by local authorities?
Can anyone give me sound advice on this, or perhaps even suggest ways I could get round it, as this situation I am potentially about to find myself in is non-viable. To lump band A council tax onto a £350pcm rent for what is essentially ‘a room’ is not likely to be acceptable to the tenants either.
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