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    Default Generating electricity in your house is a business?

    I had an email from a friend that is panicking

    Earlier this year he upgraded the heating system in the house and now generates his own electricity, the surplus is then fed back to the supplier and an offset against the bill is generated from this

    So far the income is higher than the spend (although in winter it is very little)

    Yesterday he received a letter from his local authority (Glasgow City Council) that he was deemed to be in breach of his property title deeds and that generating electricity is deemed as business use
    I assume this information was obtained from Scottish Power (the power supplier)
    The letter goes on to say that the house is now liable to additional council tax, equivalent to a 65% increase, and no longer qualifies for any discounts which apply to residential properties
    Furthermore it advises the full amount must be paid within 14 days and that the outstanding payments for the remainder of the year must also be paid within 14 days including the previous discount

    I have now read his title deeds and see nothing that deems electricity usage or return to be business use
    All it states is that business use be restricted to one room and no public visitors (as is standard in Scotland)

    Anyone else had such experience?

    I suggested he contact his councillor and MSP, raise this issue directly with them first

    Also, 14 days takes the payment date to 05 January
    This would also be the earliest date an appointment can be made with the local authority to discuss, that was the first date they had
    Last edited by m8internet; 20th December 2011 at 14:27.

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