Council tax inspectors will be able to enter people's homes and take photographs even of their bedrooms, it emerged yesterday.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said it was "ridiculous" to suggest that each of the 22 million properties would be visited.
"There will not be armies of people sticking cameras through your window," a spokesman said.
"The only time a valuer will go out [to see a property] is if you have a peculiar property. It may be - and this will be on only a very few occasions - that you receive a letter asking for a visit."
A spokesman for the valuation agency said it was not possible to forecast how many visits would take place under the new council tax regime.
As always it is all very reasonable and will only be used, most politely, in a very few cases. You give the right of entry and to snoop to Council Enforcement Officers and they won't use it; If you believe that then I've got £41 million in a safe deposit box in Nigeria and you being a trusted person can have a third of it if you will just help me transfer it.....