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Business rates – changes to the valuation of office properties

For many years, there have been standard valuation practices for multi-let office buildings where different tenants are occupying different floors in the same building. A recent case has brought about changes to how multi-occupied buildings are likely to be valued. We summarise in this article the rules that have previously applied and potential changes brought about by this case that affected businesses need to know.

Empty business rates on refurbished properties

Since the Government increased the level of empty rates to 100% in 2008, there's been a series of high profile court and tribunal cases to determine exactly when empty business rates will apply on empty properties. Read on to find out what these cases mean for owners and developers.

Business Rates revaluation figures: a first look

The UK Government has released high level figures on the percentage changes for the new Rateable Values applicable from April 2017. In this article we look at some of the headline figures, consider the problem areas, and discuss whether you may be being overcharged.

Business rates revaluation 2017

Business rates seem to be in the news regularly and, following George Osborne's announcement of his proposal to devolve business rates (and revenues) to local government, the system of local government funding is again under scrutiny. In the medium to long term, implementation of this proposal is likely to mean significant changes in the rating system.

Business rates - Spring Budget 2017

At the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor partially addressed problems caused by the upcoming business rates revaluation, which takes effect from April 2017, from which a large number of businesses are expected to see their business rates bills increase as a result.

Business Rates - Valuation Tribunal decision on property guardians

A recent decision of the Valuation Tribunal (VTE) Ludgate House Limited v Ricketts (VO) and London Borough of Southwark (2018) will be of significance to owners of vacant commercial buildings who have installed live-in guardians to provide security to their properties. The Tribunal found in this case that the presence of the live-in guardians wasn’t sufficient to change the nature of the building from ‘non-domestic’ to ‘domestic’.