You have the opportunity to get a business rates reduction by appealing your new assessment effective from April 2017 but this must have been excerised by 30th September 2017.
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 setting non domestic business rates is fair, the fact of the matter that is not always the case, and in our experience there is a lack of consistency in approach to handling business rates appeals. As such, it is important to seek the correct professional advice from a firm of Chartered Surveyors, like ourselves that understand the business rates system and Rating valuation.
The appeals themselves can be a very complex issue, based around valuation theory and case law. At Business Rates Advice, we are a firm of Chartered Surveyors but also have the required experience, ranging from the most simple appeals to the highly techinal cases which we have prepared for the Lands Valuation Appeal Court. We are reducing business rates for a number of clients at thhe moment