You Win Some & You Lose Some

Date: 8th June 2016
Author: Mark Keirl
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For most properties the rental value at April 2015, which is the valuation date for rating purposes, will be used to set the value for the new rateable value in April 2017.

However, for property where there is no general market or evidence of rents, the Government has announced the rate used to value them. These properties are valued by reference to their replacement cost – a method known as the “contractor’s basis”. Many large properties are valued in this way, including hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, large industrial sites such as steel works and power stations.

As the rateable value of a property represents its annual rental value, a replacement cost contractor’s valuation, which is a capital value, will need to be turned into the annual equivalent rent. This is done using the “decapitalisation rate” and it is the percentage of the capital value which is taken as the annual equivalent. For many years the decapitalisation rate has been set by government at 5% for most and 3.33% for educational, healthcare, and defence properties.

However, for the 2017 revaluation, the Government has announced that these rates will be reduced to 4.4% and to 2.6% for properties in England. Scotland and Wales have their own Decapitalisation Rate.

These figures are of significant importance to those ratepayers with properties that are valued in this way and these reductions in the decapitalisation rates, represent an effective reduction of 12% and 21% respectively. 

The effect of this will mean higher rates overall as the Government will have to increase the UBR to compensate for this loss in the total tax take.


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