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bUSINESS rATE Appeals

Rating appeals may be made on different grounds but, commonly, appeals are made on the grounds that the Rateable Value of a property is too high. We will assess your Rateable Value and, if we identify that it is excessive, we can lodge an appeal on your behalf with the Valuation Office with the aim of having the Rateable Value reduced allowing you to benefit from a refund of any overpayments as well as reducing your ongoing rates liability.

If you have already lodged an appeal and require assistance, we can use our in-depth technical and market knowledge and extensive experience to negotiate the appeal on your behalf. There are strict rules and timescales governing the current appeal system which have already been subject to change. With our detailed knowledge of the system we will ensure that your appeal reaches the appropriate conclusion.

Material Change of Circumstances

Your property may be affected by a 'Material Change of Circumstances' (MCC) which could potentially give rise to a reduction in your rates liability. Such circumstances could include a change to the physical state of your property, for example demolition or refurbishment, or to the locality in which your property is situated, for example the closure of an important business or amenity or a temporary disturbance as such road works or a road closure.

If you feel you are affected by a 'material change' we can examine your individual circumstances and advise whether a reduction in your rateable value on such grounds may be achievable.

Valuation Tribunal Hearings

The majority of our rating appeals are successfully settled by negotiation with the Valuation Office. However, in some cases, this is not always possible and a referral to the Valuation Tribunal may be necessary to ensure that the most appropriate outcome is achieved. We can provide you with full representation at Tribunal hearings, preparing and presenting a case on your behalf with the aim of ensuring that you get the outcome you deserve.

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Reliefs and Exemptions

Certain reliefs and exemptions are available for both occupied and unoccupied property which could help you reduce or even remove your rate liability entirely. Our rating team can check that you are receiving the reliefs you are entitled to.