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Second Gear Valuations

  • VOA establish the value of a property or rent
  • The Council Tax Band is determined by two VOA officers.
  • One drives the car in second gear (slowly but without getting out the car) whilst the other in the passsenger seet ticks boxes in a preprinted form before driving on to the next house to value it in the same estimated way.
  • Hence the nickname 2nd gear valuations.
  • These valuations can be challenged for inaccuracies  at any time (whatever the authorities say).
  • The risk of a valuation challenge is that the CT band can go up as well as down!  So you could pay more if you appeal.
  • Any appeal can be backdated for the duration of the residence at the erroneous rate.
Published: 11 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021