Appealing Business Rates
The Valuation Office Agency (England & Wales) and Scottish Assessors have now issued their proposed new Rateable Values for 2017 Revaluation to be effective from 1 April 2017 for a minimum period of five years.
In Scotland, you have a period of six months from the date of the Valuation Notice where you can lodge a appeal against the Rateable Value, e.g. by no later than 30 September 2017 for the 2017 Revaluation.
During revaluation years, in England you are allowed one appeal during the revaluation years but in Scotland you have a period of six months to appeal your business rates from taking an interest in a property, either as a landlord, tenant or occupier. You also have a right of appeal if the Rateable Value has been altered as result a physical change or improvement to the property such as extension or refurbishment and again in Scotland you must appeal this within six months of receiving a new Valuation Notice from the local authority.
If an appeal wasn't lodged within the required timescales, there may be certain circumstances where you can still lodge a business rates appeal. For example, if there is a sudden fall in trade as a result of material change - such as new facility opening on the door step or if it can be proven that there has been an error.
Whilst every Local authority will say the appeal process for rates is fair, the fact of the matter is not and in our experience there is a lack of consistency in approach to handling appeals. As such it is important to seek the correct professional advice from a Chartered Surveyor.
The appeal process requires a thorough knowledge of rates system, valuation and the Law, which is not adhere to correctly can result in the local authorities exercising their powers and getting the appeals dismissed.
Free Rates Health check
As a starting a point is to ensure the business rates you’re paying is the correct amount and if not whether anything can be done to reduce your rating liability.
We offer a free business rates health check on your business rates, which will be undertaken by a chartered surveyor with significant experience in dealing with business rates, so you can rest assured it will be a professional assessment on whether we believe if there are further savings that can be made on your business rates going forward.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the business rates please feel free to call us. All enquires will be treated in the strictest confidence.