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Ive just left my house in Bristol to live with my girlfriend in Scotland. Knowing that the house will be empty I started phoning up all the utility companies etc. confirming that I will no longer live in the property and that it would be vacant until sold.
My next call was to Bristol City Council to let them know I was moving home. I jokingly expected them to thank me for tipping their bin men at Christmas and send me off with a Terrys chocolates orange as well as a healthy council tax discount.
After all I would no longer be living in the house, city or county so how could I be using their services? But I might have been dreaming there, because the conversation didn't quite go as I had imagined. I was asked if my home would be furnished or unfurnished whilst no one was living at the property, to which I replied 'It would be furnished'.
Knowing this question sounded fishy I asked whether or not this would affect the amount of council tax discount I would be entitled to. "You would only be entitled to 10% sir, council rules" was the smart reply. Initially I thought I heard her wrong. But no, apparently being 380 miles away in a different country I will still be paying over £90 a month for the streetlights that I can't see and the 'emptying; of my rubbish bins. Even worse, if I actually lived there I would be paying less, as I would have been entitled to the full 25% discount for single adult occupancy! I find this whole situation just a little hard to believe. So I'm only entitled to a pathetic 10% discount because my house isn't COMPLETELY EMPTY?
Okay, time for plan B to come into action whereby it will be cheaper in the long run to just burn all my furniture. That way I can then get the full discount for an unfurnished house. Also, I won't have to pay a removals company to transport my furniture up to Scotland and I won't have to pay for it to be stored either!
Everybody wins, but what a strange world we live in.