Would property be "Uninhabitable" for council tax purposes?

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We are now in charge of my deceased father's 2 flats in one house in Ilford. The top floor tenant left 18 months ago and council tax has had to be paid in full for the last 12 months.(122 per month) to Redbridge Council. Have tried getting 25% reduction which you'd get if only 1 person was living there but they say we can't have that for 0 person living there as we already had a full 6 months at NIL being paid.

We have been busy from living at a distance in the Midlands trying to organise a complete refurb. It has never had central heating etc etc. We are now getting quotes in from builders which have astounded us eg between 40,000 and 50,000 with VAT for a 2 bed flat. These cost do not even include things such as carpets/blinds or any kitchen equipment or furniture. They say eg it needs a complete replaster in every room.

There continues to be a happy tenant in the downstairs flat.

Redbridge Council previously said as long as it has got water then it is inhabitable and full council tax is payable!

Is there any way out of this? Preferably without a fight with the Council!!

We are now considering whether we should pay a builder to take out toilet/bath/sink and all present kitchen taps plumbing etc - gut it completely - and then call it a day - ie not hope to rent it out.

Could we then call it "UNinhabitable"??

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14/10/2008 00:00

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