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Poppy

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House smaller than stated on sale details
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:12:41 pm »
I have discovered that my new Persimmon home smaller than the 1504 ft² (which equates to 140 m²) as stated in the sales brochure. Details submitted by Persimmon to The Council Tax Evaluation Office stated it was 165 m²!  On my Energy Performance Certificate it states the house is 138 m²' the EPC company have said this is the total size of the house and no areas are excluded. Does anyone have any advice on how I can get accurate details on the house size please?   :o


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Re: House smaller than stated on sale details
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2015, 08:06:58 am »
It should be relatively easy for you to measure the length of the external walls of your home.
Then deduct the cavity wall thickness which will be 250mm to 300mm (you can measure the wall thickness by opening a window)

You will then have an A x B = square metres.  Multiply this by the number of floors and you have the accurate total area of your new home.

It is hard for me to believe Persimmon would  be so stupid to advertise your home as a certain total area and it to be less than stated as this is a serious breach of many regulations and would have very serious consequences for the company.
However, all housebuilders state a "tolerance" of usually plus or minus 50mm for each room dimension stated. Even so, this is unlikely to result in the discrepancy of 140sqm in the brochure, to 138sqm on the EPC.

Regarding Persimmon submitting details for Council Tax purposes, I can only assume this was used for business rates, such as an ex-showhouse, sales office, or a stock unit (completed for three months or more).  As the Council Tax is determined by the Valuation Office and this assesses what "value" your new home would have been in 1991 to assign a Council Tax Band.  You can of course challenge this.  The "valuation" has nothing to do with the total floor area as far as I am aware.





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Re: House smaller than stated on sale details
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 08:14:08 pm »
Thanks for that New Home Expert. Have engaged a professional to verify the measurements, also taken advice from the valuation office and they have indeed taken the house size into consideration. Apparently this is standard procedure for new builds in addition to the house price. They have been very helpful advising me on how to appeal the valuation with the details I have.

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Re: House smaller than stated on sale details
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2015, 08:22:24 am »
I think 'Money Saving Expert' has details on how you can appeal your Council Tax Band.
No one should have to pay more of this horrid tax on home owners than they have to.
Good luck.
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