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pregnantpause Tue 11-Dec-12 16:19:19


tomorrow I have a councilman coming to inspect my house, apparently we may be in the wrong band for council tax. I asked what he needs to see and he said that he'll need to 'have a look around inside the house and carry out a full inspection'shock

I own my house and well, its not a show home and my method of tidying is usually make sure all house is tidy, except for my bedroom where all the crap from the rest of the house is stuffed to give the appearance of a clean and tidy homewink wibu to refuse to allow him into my bedroom? he's welcome to fully inspect the rest of the joint? wwyd?

MrsKeithRichards Tue 11-Dec-12 16:20:28

Just let him in! He's not a prospective buyer.

PippinWoo Tue 11-Dec-12 16:23:04

I doubt he really NEEDS to see in the master bedroom, but even if he did just say "sorry it's messy" and let him peak round the door. He probably just needs to see how big the room is and if it's got a en suite. It doesn't matter what he thinks. I'm the same as you - my bedroom is always a massive tip at the expense of keeping the rest of the place presentable!

Justforlaughs Tue 11-Dec-12 16:23:04

I'd lock the rottweiller in there and then let him at his peril (kids work well as well, grin). Seriously, you are having a council man round to assess for council tax??? I've never heard of that. Have you requested the visit? If you have then I think YABU, if you haven't and don;t want it then I don;t see why you should invite him into your home at all.

Presumably you want to make your house look as bad as possible, to be in a lower council tax band, so in your shoes, I wouldn't go nuts on the tidying up.

Softlysoftly Tue 11-Dec-12 16:24:56

Do you have to let them in??

MrsKeithRichards Tue 11-Dec-12 16:28:06

The state of your house doesn't dictate the rate you pay!

It's about size, rooms, loos etc. Not whether it's clutter free or not!

exexpat Tue 11-Dec-12 16:28:58

I'm sure he won't be bothered by any mess - he's not an estate agent or your MiL.

One thing did occur to me, though - are you absolutely sure he is from the council? I have read recently about scams where companies tell people they can help get their council tax band downgraded (for a fee), when in fact you can do the same thing yourself without paying a fee, and often you don't get downgraded anyway. Did you get sent an official letter by the council, or is this just someone who phoned/knocked on your door?

openerofjars Tue 11-Dec-12 16:29:12

You'll never see him again, so it doesn't matter.

Themumsnotroastingonanopenfire Tue 11-Dec-12 16:30:43

What, seriously? Are you sure he's for real? I find it hard to believe the council is allowed to do this.

Themumsnotroastingonanopenfire Tue 11-Dec-12 16:33:41

You don't even have to let them inside if you don't want to.

Justforlaughs Tue 11-Dec-12 16:34:27

So I'm not just the only one who thinks this sounds dodgy, ring your local council and check that they are behind this.

pregnantpause Tue 11-Dec-12 16:34:38

no I didn't ask him to come- I got a letter to say he was coming and when, so I phoned to query it. he says that my house has been used as an example for why another property should have a lower band- so he's coming to see if they can raise mine presumablysad .

the letter wasn't headed though, so now I'm querying it.

perhaps I'll have to let him see my mess, although in a three bed, having seen the other two bedrooms ita not exactly hard to gauge a size of the third is it?!

pippop1 Tue 11-Dec-12 16:34:49

I think it's fair enough to let him see the room to be honest if you are trying to get into a lower council tax band. I don't think the tidyness of the room will be considered related to which band you are in.

EuroShagmore Tue 11-Dec-12 16:35:39

As other have said, are you sure he is legit?

Sallyingforth Tue 11-Dec-12 16:36:00

Did you contact the council first to ask for a revaluation?
If not, it is definitely a scam to get a fee from you.

MrsMiniversCharlady Tue 11-Dec-12 16:36:28

I was under the impression that a house can only be rebanded upwards when it is sold?

EuroShagmore Tue 11-Dec-12 16:36:39

So the letter wasn't on headed paper? There is no way I would be letting this person into my house.

ParsingFancy Tue 11-Dec-12 16:37:15

Oh yes, my workplace was targetted for a scam like this a couple of times, where someone claimed to be able to challenge council tax banding in court.

Definitely call council to check!

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 11-Dec-12 16:38:23

I would contact the council if I were you.
it sounds proper dodgy.

LaurieBlueBell Tue 11-Dec-12 16:39:55

Sounds like a scam. The letter should be on headed paper.

Don't let him in at all until you have spoken to the council.

pregnantpause Tue 11-Dec-12 16:42:15

Goodness- the letter hasn't even come addressed to me its to the counciltax payer. and the number is an 03000 number. it would appear I have been an idiot. off to find council number to call them.

caramelwaffle Tue 11-Dec-12 16:42:30

Do not let this man in to your house.

You received an unsolicited letter with No letterhead.

Contact the council direct.

exexpat Tue 11-Dec-12 16:42:59

Was the phone number you called on the (unheaded) letter, or did you contact him through the council switchboard? I would double-check if I were you. Could be legit, could be a rebanding scam, could be sophisticated distraction burglary technique...

EuroShagmore Tue 11-Dec-12 16:43:03

Hurrah for the power of Mumsnet.

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