valuing property

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    Anonymous
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    we have a claimant who has a second home, mum in law was resident but has moved out. The claimant owns it, has a mortgage on it, not for sale or rented. He has refused consent for us to obtain a valuation from the VOA. Can we use his own estimate of the value or should we be using something like right move to see what similar properties in the area are up for sale for and use that ?

    #107819
    Anonymous
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    I may be wrong on this but i think LAs can still ask the VOA for a valuation without permission, the only issue being they have to pay for it – rather than the DWP.

    Have you tried contacting the VOA for advice?

    #107820
    Anonymous
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    Thanks will try that

    #107827
    Kevin D
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    One other approach would be to take the claimant at his word and, in the absence of any cooperation from the clmt, draw an inference about the value.

    As an aside, I don’t think a VOA request falls foul of any DPA restrictions. HOWEVER, I wouldn’t necessarily rely on a VO valuation – these have been consistently criticised by Cmmrs/UTs.

    #139026
    Jane Gilmore
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    If a claimant obtains their own valuation would we have a duty to consider this or would we solely rely on the value provided by VOA?

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    Julian Hobson
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