High Peak residents are being warned to steer clear of paying companies offering to help reduce their council tax bill – because they can check their banding themselves for free.
Derbyshire County Council has issued the warning after its trading standards officers saw a rise in complaints from across the county.
Residents have received letters from companies saying their house is in a higher council tax band than it should be – offering to get it reclassified and return a lump sum from the period of over-payment.
Offering the service is not illegal but it is simple for residents to carry out the process themselves without it costing a penny through the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). For more information, contact the VOA on 03000 503 600.