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Council Tax Case Studies

Case Study One – backdated Council Tax discounts

LGFA92 were approached for help with the backdating of a Council Tax discount on several care homes. The care homes had been granted a Council Tax discount but the Local Authority had refused to backdate the reduction for more than 6 years.

The owner had lodged a Council Tax Valuation Tribunal Appeal however the initial appeal documentation was disputed by the Local Authority. They raised a defence against most of the points which had been raised by the owner, at this stage the owner decided to approach LGFA92 for our help.

LGFA92 drafted a response to the Local Authority’s defence and the owner presented this to the Valuation Appeal Tribunal. By applying our counter argument the Valuation Tribunal found in favour of the owner and ordered the Local Authority to backdate the discount.

Case Study Two- Council Tax liability

LGFA92 were approached for help with a dispute regarding Council Tax liability. The tenant of a property was being held liable for Council Tax liability after they had left.

After discussion with ourselves the former tenant lodged a Council Tax Valuation Tribunal Appeal as the owner was disputing the end of tenancy and wanted the former tenant to continue paying for several months after they vacated.

LGFA92 drafted a response to the Local Authority’s defence, which was in favour of the owner, and the former tenant presented this to the Appeal Tribunal. By applying our arguments the Valuation Tribunal found in favour of the former tenant and ordered the Local Authority to hold the owner responsible for the majority of the Council Tax charge.

Case Study Three – Council Tax liability

LGFA92 were approached for help with a dispute regarding Council Tax liability for a renter who lived away from home during the week for work purposes. The single person discount of the resident owner had been removed in error.

After discussion with ourselves, the client and the owner lodged an appeal directly with the Local Authority as, in our opinion, the client was not resident for Council Tax purposes and shouldn’t affect the discount. LGFA92 drafted a letter for the client to explain the situation and, after presenting it to the Local Authority, the situation was reviewed and the owner regained his discount. The owner then refunded the client the monies he had been charging him to make up for the loss of the discount.