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Appendix 3.10 – Wales - Invitation to agree

Dear M*


Billing Authority:




Date proposal received:


I refer to your proposal to alter the Valuation List entry for this property.

* It might be helpful if I explain that the basis of valuation for council tax is laid down by law. Briefly, the band of a dwelling is based on the amount which the property might reasonably have fetched if it had been sold on the open market on 1 April 2003. This is the date of valuation applied to all properties for council tax purposes, irrespective of whether the property actually existed at that time. If you require more detailed information, a leaflet "How your property is valued" is available from this office.

* In considering the band of the property, I have to have regard to all known material facts affecting both the dwelling and its locality. Your band is based on evidence of actual sales of dwellings in the locality around the valuation date of 1 April 2003 and banding settlements on other properties, and is not affected by changes in the housing market since that date.

* I have considered your representations and I consider that the present band is incorrect and should be changed to band *. Accordingly I am enclosing two copies of an agreement form.

If you agree with my proposed changes, please sign one copy and return it to this address as soon as possible. The other copy is for you to keep. This will effectively settle the case and no further action will be required from you.

If, however, you do not feel able to accept my proposed changes and have further information to support your proposal that you wish me to consider, please contact * or forward the details to me in writing. I will then consider this information and advise you if I am prepared to amend my changes. If the matter remains unresolved, the case will have to proceed to a hearing at a Valuation Tribunal.

If you have any queries please contact the person named above, who will be happy to help you.

Yours sincerely

for Listing Officer

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