Warning over council tax
Date published: 03 October 2013
OLDHAM Council is advising residents to be wary of companies offering to move them to a lower council tax band or to obtain a refund.
The council has received complaints about firms targeting homeowners with unsolicited phone calls, often arranging for a representative to visit.
The companies charge an up-front fee or retain a percentage of any refund. Charges may also be applied when the appeal is unsuccessful.
In some cases it is understood people have been led to believe they are dealing directly with Oldham Council.
What residents aren’t told is that a review of a property’s tax band could result in it being moved to a higher rate.
Councillor Jean Stretton said: “Though it’s not illegal for a company to charge a fee for making an application on your behalf, residents can do it themselves for free. Most residents will be in the correct band but if you are unsure get in touch with us. Why pay someone money when you can make the phone call yourself?”
Contact the local Valuation Office Agency at www.voa.gov.uk
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