Renting out my house

On Christmas Day Chloe informed me that she’d be moving out of my house shortly into the new year. She has now officially moved out, and so I’ve begun trying to get rid of all of the bills and my belongings so that I can rent it out.

I spent 75 minutes on hold with Sky when I called them 4 or 5 days ago. I sent them an email while I was on hold, but I haven’t received a reply to that. I spent another 50 minutes on hold when I called today. After the fiasco of getting the phone line sorted when I moved in I was not looking forward to calling BT, however, they completely surprised me by performing the entire procedure in 4 minutes and 47 seconds! Impressive.

Today I contacted Mansfield District Council to see about stopping paying council tax while I don’t live there. I received an email from a lady a couple of minutes ago that surprised me in a completely different way to BT.

Dear Mr Gilbert

Further to your recent enquiry regarding council tax. Whilst the property is still furnished you will be able to claim a 50% discount. If you remove the furniture you will be able to claim full exemption for a period of 6 months. Please supply the date you vacated the property and your current home address in Nottingham and we will amend your liability accordingly. If you decide to remove the furniture please inform us and we will then be able to awarded the exemption.

Yours sincerely
Ms. Council Employee

This seemed a little strange, and quite annoying, so I wrote this email that I am probably not going to send to them:

Hi Council Employee,

I’m just double-checking, if I leave the furniture there because I’ll be renting out the house furnished I still have to pay 50% council tax?

If this is so can I have a break-down of the services my furniture will be receiving from the council for my money?

I have spoken to my sofa and it has agreed not to put any of the rubbish it generates into the bins, and my wardrobes have kindly agreed not to use the roads any more.

If this is still not acceptable then please let me know which items of furniture will be using the services I’ll be paying for and I’ll see if I can get them to agree not to.

Stuart Gilbert.