Council Tax Appeals

I am a direct access barrister who undertakes Valuation Tribunal and Council Tax work. In this age of austerity-riddled councils seeking to obtain Council Tax arrears from tenants and landlords (which can often amount to several thousand or tens of thousands of pounds) it is critical that you get the right advice in this field. Councils and Billing Authorities will and do enforce Council Tax debt through the courts including via bankruptcy orders and charging orders.

Council Tax law can be difficult to understand being a species of tax law. It is important that you get advice on whether to pursue a Council Tax matter through the Valuation Tribunal. I can help you with representation at the Tribunal, evidence gathering and any other legal difficulties you might be facing in relation to your Council Tax matter. I can also represent you at Valuation Tribunals and draft correspondence and statements on your behalf.

Very often good early advice can save a large amount of time and effort in this complex field. I travel the length of the county and can arrange meetings to be had by phone, video conference or at my offices in Central London.

My fees are usually fixed (see below) without the overheads of a solicitor’s office with my work undertaken via the Bar Council direct access scheme whereby you can come direct to a barrister./

Council Tax Appeals

I undertake Valuation Tribunal and Council Tax work. In this age of austerity-riddled councils seeking to obtain Council Tax arrears from tenants and landlords (which can often amount to several thousand or tens of thousands of pounds) it is critical that you get the right advice in this field. Councils and Billing Authorities will and do enforce Council Tax debt through the courts including via bankruptcy orders and charging orders.

Council Tax law can be difficult to understand being a species of tax law. It is important that you get advice on whether to pursue a Council Tax matter through the Valuation Tribunal. I can help you with representation at the Tribunal, evidence gathering and any other legal difficulties you might be facing in relation to your Council Tax matter. I can also represent you at Valuation Tribunals and draft correspondence and statements on your behalf.

Very often good early advice can save a large amount of time and effort in this complex field. I travel the length of the county and can arrange meetings to be had by phone, video conference or at my offices in Central London.

My fees are usually fixed (see below) without the overheads of a solicitor’s office with my work undertaken via the Bar Council direct access scheme whereby you can come direct to a barrister.

Council Tax Appeals

I undertake Valuation Tribunal and Council Tax work. In this age of austerity-riddled councils seeking to obtain Council Tax arrears from tenants and landlords (which can often amount to several thousand or tens of thousands of pounds) it is critical that you get the right advice in this field. Councils and Billing Authorities will and do enforce Council Tax debt through the courts including via bankruptcy orders and charging orders.

Council Tax law can be difficult to understand being a species of tax law. It is important that you get advice on whether to pursue a Council Tax matter through the Valuation Tribunal. I can help you with representation at the Tribunal, evidence gathering and any other legal difficulties you might be facing in relation to your Council Tax matter. I can also represent you at Valuation Tribunals and draft correspondence and statements on your behalf.

Very often good early advice can save a large amount of time and effort in this complex field. I travel the length of the county and can arrange meetings to be had by phone, video conference or at my offices in Central London.

My fees are usually fixed (see below) without the overheads of a solicitor’s office with my work undertaken via the Bar Council direct access scheme whereby you can come direct to a barrister.

Questions

Do I need to pay back the Council Tax arrears now?

Councils will normally require that monies are paid back before the Valuation Tribunal Hearing. You will then get a credit should you win at the Valuation Tribunal. Some Councils will simply put a charge in your property which is removed if you win at the Valuation Tribunal

Do I come within a CT exemption?

Contact me for advice. Some exemptions are easier to understand than others. One of the most common issues I face nowadays is whether a property is a House in Multiple Occupation or not and whether the owner is the liable party. There are also issues over whether a home is truly a derelict and whether a person obtaining probate is liable. These are just some of the issues faced in this area of law.

Questions

Do I need to pay back the Council Tax arrears now?

Councils will normally require that monies are paid back before the Valuation Tribunal Hearing. You will then get a credit should you win at the Valuation Tribunal. Some Councils will simply put a charge in your property which is removed if you win at the Valuation Tribunal

Do I come within a CT exemption?

Contact me for advice. Some exemptions are easier to understand than others. One of the most common issues I face nowadays is whether a property is a House in Multiple Occupation or not and whether the owner is the liable party. There are also issues over whether a home is truly a derelict and whether a person obtaining probate is liable. These are just some of the issues faced in this area of law. 

Questions

Do I need to pay back the Council Tax arrears now?

Councils will normally require that monies are paid back before the Valuation Tribunal Hearing. You will then get a credit should you win at the Valuation Tribunal. Some Councils will simply put a charge in your property which is removed if you win at the Valuation Tribunal

Do I come within a CT exemption?

Contact me for advice. Some exemptions are easier to understand than others. One of the most common issues I face nowadays is whether a property is a House in Multiple Occupation or not and whether the owner is the liable party. There are also issues over whether a home is truly a derelict and whether a person obtaining probate is liable. These are just some of the issues faced in this area of law. 

Can I contest Liability Orders in the Magistrates’ Court?

Valuation Tribunals deal with the substance of the argument as to whether the individual is the liable party. There are very limited grounds for contesting the issuance of the Liability Orders in the Magistrates’ Court. It is an area fraught with difficulties. Note there are cost consequences if you lose.

Are their time limits for appeals?

Yes! It is important not to miss time limits once you have appealed the CT liability to the Council.

Do I need to pay costs if I lose at the Valuation Tribunal

No. The Valuation Tribunal does not award costs for or against a party in Council Tax cases. If you lose you don’t end up paying your costs and the other side’s costs. If you win, the Council don’t pay your costs.

My property is uninhabitable. Do I need to pay Council Tax?

Sometimes a property can be removed from the list. In general a property will need to be truly derelict and this can be a high threshold to get across. I will advise on this.

Representation

Do I need to pay back the Council Tax arrears now?

Councils will normally require that monies are paid back before the VT. You will then get a credit should you win at the Valuation Tribunal. Some Councils will simply put a charge in your property to be taken off if you win at the Valuation Tribunal

Do I come within a CT exemption?

Contact me for advice. Some exemptions are easier to understand than others. One of the most common issues I face nowadays is whether a property is a House in Multiple Occupation or not and whether the owner is the liable party. There are also issues over whether a home is truly a derelict and whether a person obtaining probate is liable. These are just some of the issues faced in this area of law.

Fees

I charge fixed fees for most of my work. You will never face unpleasant surprises.

I now offer a Council Tax Plus Service which involves a fixed fee conference and reading of your papers to let you know precisely where you stand, whether you have any appeal with merits and if so what you should do in relation to your appeal or issue with a note afterwards setting out the issues and what you should do. This takes place as a fixed fee conference by Zoom or in person for £425 plus VAT.

Contact

The Chambers of Julian Hunt

21 Ellis Street
London, SW1X 9AL

T 0203072005
M 07817772382

[email protected] 

Please do not send me papers and documents before contacting me. Invariably I will after speaking to you send you a client care letter, ask for your papers and then arrange our meeting following receipt of funds. I am happy to travel for an additional supplement. You will get a note after our meeting. . I can advise by phone, email, video conference or in person. I can represent you at hearings anywhere in England and Wales.

I have another housing website at  https://housing-act-prosecution-defence-barrister.co.uk which sets out some of my background. I also have another website at www.julianrhunt.co.uk focusing on my other areas of law and a little bit more about my background.

I have had some rather nice Google reviews as well which you can read on my Google business page.

You can also buy my HMO Housing Law book at http://www.lawbriefpublishing.com/product/thelawofhmos/

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