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  1. Exactly. I think this empowers them to ask for this, but if they don't, it's no harm no foul. You can be sure they'll require it if they suspect your small 3 bedroom house didn't really cost a million quid to build!
  2. Didn't see that bit. Seems unlikely they're enforcing this requirement given the fact that others have had refunds without submitting such evidence.
  3. In this case, it sounds like they were suspicious from the start, but we're forced to speculate about the details of what was submitted initially, what HMRC asked, and what was submitted in reply.
  4. Sounds like the tribunal has disagreed with HMRC for the most part, which is good. Shame you have to actually appeal to get basic fair treatment out of them!
  5. It's in the regulations (legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1995/2518/part/XXIII/made) PART XXIII REFUNDS TO “DO-IT-YOURSELF” BUILDERS Interpretation of Part XXIII 200. In this Part— “claim” means a claim for refund of VAT made pursuant to section 35 of the Act, and “claimant” shall be construed accordingly; “relevant building” means a building in respect of which a claimant makes a claim. Method and time for making claim 201. A claimant shall make his claim in respect of a relevant building by— (a) furnishing to the Commissioners no later than 3 months after the completion of the building the form numbered 11 in Schedule 1 to these Regulations containing the full particulars required therein, and (b) at the same time furnishing to them— (i) a certificate of completion obtained from a local authority or such other documentary evidence of completion of the building as is satisfactory to the Commissioners, (ii) an invoice showing the registration number of the person supplying the goods, whether or not such an invoice is a VAT invoice, in respect of each supply of goods on which VAT has been paid which have been incorporated into the building or its site, (iii) in respect of imported goods which have been incorporated into the building or its site, documentary evidence of their importation and of the VAT paid thereon, (iv) documentary evidence that planning permission for the building had been granted, and (v) a certificate signed by a quantity surveyor or architect that the goods shown in the claim were or, in his judgement, were likely to have been, incorporated into the building or its site. --------------- To me, this seems to suggest that they won't pay out unless you provide the completion certificate or equivalent. Really bizarre - they seem to be playing both sides of the field with this.
  6. I'm going to print and read this properly this evening, but another thing just jumped out at me. The claim form was received on 26 April 2018. However, HMRC refers to another letter received on 8 June 2018: So I think that HMRC queried the original submission, and received further information in a letter about what needed completing. I'm speculating a bit, but it looks like the claimant perhaps said certain things (or the house as a whole) hadn't been completed, but HMRC is suggesting that those things (or the house as a whole) are shown on Google Street View dated May 2017. Might be reading too much into that though. Exactly. The more I re-read this, the more I think there's a lot gone on that we can't see.
  7. And this in the letter above: "Your case may be subject to a penalty, but we will write to you separately if that is the case". I can't help but think that there's more than meets the eye on this one.
  8. I think (hope?) that the main issue here is the apparent lack of a completion certificate. They don't appear to have submitted a completion certificate or other acceptable completion document such as a habitation certificate. To me, that's basically inviting HMRC to make a judgement about when the house was completed. If you move in over two years ago and spend no money in the three months leading up to the submission, I suspect you're inviting HMRC to conclude that the house was complete more than three months before the VAT reclaim submission. All that said, according to HMRC's own notes, the lack of completion evidence should have been enough to have the claim closed (rather than rejected), and they will not accept evidence such as council tax bills (cf referral in the letter above to the building being placed on the valuation register):
  9. jack

    Old school tricks? Worth it?

    Think about it on a time basis. Figure out how many hours this person could possibly be spending on the work, then divide the estimate accordingly. At a rough guess, they seem to be expecting hundreds of quid an hour for at least some of this. Unless he/she is a serious name architect, that's taking the mick. £2,500 per month for onsite tech support - I'll bet that's a retainer, too, in which case if you don't use it you still pay. Even at £100/hr, say, can you see an architect spending 25 hours per month acting as a technical consultant? If the job is done properly in the first place, there should be very little left to consult on I'd have thought. The odd phone call here and there to check a detail perhaps, but that's about it.
  10. jack

    Old school tricks? Worth it?

    JFC, that's hilarious (not for you, obviously!) Is this a "name" architect?
  11. jack

    Durisol Training

    It probably depends on where you are in the country, your local geographical conditions, and being lucky enough not to get a serious storm through before the concrete's poured.
  12. jack

    Durisol Training

    I'm assuming you've read through Ian's (@recoveringacademic) saga with his Durisol construction and high winds?
  13. jack

    Hey from Essex... xx

    Don't let the bastards get you down. If you've a costed plan, then who cares what some random punter with no skin in the game says?
  14. Definitely overthinking this Jeremy. What makes you think the surveyor will be any more thorough than the EPC bloke?
  15. jack

    Old school tricks? Worth it?

    If you're in a conservation area, check what your council's policy is on trees. They may automatically have TPO-type protections.