What they are and what the appeal types are
Business premises are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for non-domestic rating purposes. This results in each being given a ‘rateable value’. The rateable value of a property is based on the rent that the property might reasonably have achieved on the open market at a certain date.
Usually, every five years a new rating list is published showing the properties that have been assessed. For the current, 2010, rating list the valuation date for rental evidence is 1 April 2008. The next rating list will be in place from 1 April 2017. (The revaluation was delayed from 2015 by the Government). The valuation date for the 2017 rating list is 1 April 2015.
Billing authorities (local councils) collect the rates. The rates bill is made up from the rateable value and a ‘multiplier’, which is set by the Government. Then there might be discounts or ‘reliefs’ that are applied.
The Valuation Tribunal handles the following types of appeals against:
- the entry in the rating list – the rateable value or some other part of the entry;
- an invalidity notice issued by the VOA, where they believe the proposal was not made according to the regulations;
- a completion notice issued by the billing authority (local council) for a property. This notice shows the date the council believes the property is/will be complete or substantially complete and from when rates should be paid;
- a penalty notice from the VOA, when information they asked for to help them to assess a property was not provided;
- a transitional certificate issued by the VOA because of transitional relief, a scheme that tries to reduce the effect of any large changes in rateable value between rating lists.
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