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How does this work exactly?
The Valuation Service have decided my flat is in Band B for the purposes of Council Tax. Despite having not visited.

One can only assume from this that the only person in the country in Band A is a Mr. Grover, of The Dustbins, Sesame Street.
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cov_cloud From: cov_cloud Date: October 31st, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe the valuations bands are based on some work that was done in the 60' (?) then updated in the 90's. It is possible to challenge your council tax band (it may be worth checking if similar properties in your area/ other areas in your councils remit are all in the same band). I know a street in an area of coventry had band c on one side and band b on the other - eventually they were brought so they were all band b.
not to make you miserable - but due to its general 'sink' nature the majority of of the stock of properties in coventry are band a. BUT coventry's plan does state it needs more 'aspirational' type homes.
cov_cloud From: cov_cloud Date: October 31st, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
having just checked ... the most recent valuations that all current ones (even for new properties) are based on were done in 1991 and the majority of these were done by estate agents driving through areas (not house visits as such) which would assume massive similarities of property values. It might be worth finding out the current value of the property you are in, then looking at the banding of properties also in that price area (estate agents tend to carry the council tax band info these days) - if you come back with a lot of difference to yours it might be worth challenging - simply by writing to the council saying I believe my house is incorrectly graded.
imc From: imc Date: November 14th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
My house is in Band C, which officially means its value in 1991 was £52,001 to £68,000. Considering I bought it for £52,000 in *1997* this sounds unlikely to me, but all the other houses in the street are also in Band C.
undyingking From: undyingking Date: October 31st, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only person in inside-the-ring-road Oxford, quite possibly.

Proportion of houses in each band varies quite widely across the country according to general property values (as they were when the banding was done, but Oxford was already very expensive even back then).
uitlander From: uitlander Date: October 31st, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you dig around moneysavingexpert.com you will find a whole section on Council Tax, how to check your Council Tax banding is right, how to calculate original values for the valuation purposes, and how to appeal against it if you think you have valid grounds. Its all based on valuations done in the 1990s, usually by someone with a clipboard looking over a fence who never set foor in the property.
purpleheather From: purpleheather Date: October 31st, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* it's here

My 2 up 2 down house in an OKish area is a band A, if I had the same house in Cotteridge up the road it'd be a B, and a B/C if it were in Bournville.
_nicolai_ From: _nicolai_ Date: October 31st, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
It works like A-levels in reverse: eventually everyone gets an A in their A-levels out of a theoretical range of A-E, while everyone gets an E in their council tax banding out of a theoretical range of A-E.
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nikkita422 From: nikkita422 Date: November 1st, 2007 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I love you! I was just about to pedant about this! *hughughug* Yes. I just made Pedant into a verb. Sue me!

Grover had an apartment. When he was super grover, he was always diving out of his apartment or office window.
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nikkita422 From: nikkita422 Date: November 22nd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
w00t! Supergrover FTW! I can do his voice to this day, though it leaves me a bit hoarse afterward.

Snuffie! Snuffie was great, until he revealed himself to the others. That ruined it a bit for me. I loved it that everyone was duped into thinking BigBird was insane. It was greatness! But, I've always had a bit of pooka in me. ;)
nikkita422 From: nikkita422 Date: November 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's done it. i must add you.
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