Worries over council tax calls

WOOLSTON residents are concerned over phone callers from companies claiming that homes are in the wrong council tax band.

Homeowners on Acacia Avenue have been getting calls for several days from a company saying they are owed thousands of pounds in paid council tax.

Resident James Overton said: “They called us twice to say we were owed £2,700.

“Other neighbours say they have had that call as well.

“We have been here for 40 years and have always been in the same council tax band.

“They offered to send someone round to check on the property.”

Wife Benise said: “They started quoting figures and I think that makes you vulnerable.

“It just sounds like they just want to get into houses, which is scary.”

While not illegal, such companies are likely to charge a fee.

Residents can check what band their property should be in by using a free service with the Valuation Office Agency. It sets bandings in Warrington.

If you believe your home is incorrectly banded call the VOA on 03000 501501 or go to voa.gov.uk.

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2:45pm Sat 19 Jan 13

wynnez says...

I had the same call in Cliftonville Road, I just hung up as I do with all such calls
I had the same call in Cliftonville Road, I just hung up as I do with all such calls wynnez
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3:36pm Sat 19 Jan 13

widnesman says...

I`ve just checked the Valuation Office Agency website and all Acacia Ave properties are in BAND C except two, which are in BAND D.

All you have to do is put your postcode in and it gives you banding for all properties!!
I`ve just checked the Valuation Office Agency website and all Acacia Ave properties are in BAND C except two, which are in BAND D. All you have to do is put your postcode in and it gives you banding for all properties!! widnesman
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5:20pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Knowmenot says...

I looked at the VOA and found my semi-detached house was higher than the semi I am joined to!! I applied to the Valuation office who sent an assessor round. Great news - My band was lowered and I received 10 backdated refunds from WBC. CAUTION the valuer said that if mine was initially correct then all my neighbours could be re-valued upwards.
I looked at the VOA and found my semi-detached house was higher than the semi I am joined to!! I applied to the Valuation office who sent an assessor round. Great news - My band was lowered and I received 10 backdated refunds from WBC. CAUTION the valuer said that if mine was initially correct then all my neighbours could be re-valued upwards. Knowmenot
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6:06pm Sat 19 Jan 13

old-codger says...

Telephone Preference Service
The free opt out service enabling you to record your preference on the official register and not receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls,
0845 703 4599.....

I use this service and I have no unwanted calls..
Telephone Preference Service The free opt out service enabling you to record your preference on the official register and not receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls, 0845 703 4599..... I use this service and I have no unwanted calls.. old-codger
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7:16pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Cheap Mower says...

So you asked them to value your semi?
So you asked them to value your semi? Cheap Mower
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