Case Study: Conversion Works

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Following the recent Supreme Court decision of Newbigin (Valuation Officer) (Respondent) v S J & J Monk (a firm) (Appellant), the interpretation of rating law has been altered when considering works of repair, refurbishment, conversion and redevelopment.

The decision has ultimately been beneficial for ratepayers and specifically for developers.

Roger Hannah & Co have been heavily involved in negotiating appeals of this nature, having been instructed on behalf of a property developer who had purchased vacant office buildings around the North West and Yorkshire with the view to converting the premises to residential flats. The works included a full strip out of the premises and construction of new self-contained, ensuite apartments.

Roger Hannah & Co were able to successfully argue that properties undergoing extensive works of refurbishment or a development for change of use are not capable of beneficial occupation as at the date of strip out, therefore there should be no rates liability for the duration of these works.

Our successful appeals and negotiations with the Valuation Office have enabled us to secure reductions in the assessments to £0 RV and save our client many £000’s per annum in rates payable.

If you own a property which is currently undergoing works of conversion, repair or refurbishment and you would like further information as to how we can assist, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team.


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