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  • Writer's pictureJ Gowland MRICS DipRating


Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Have you noticed your Rates Bill increasing now that Business Rates Holidays are ending?

In Northern Ireland, business rates holidays were extended into the 2022/23 billing period for one month for all businesses (except for utilities and larger food stores) and three months for retail, hospitality, tourism, leisure, childcare, newspapers and airports. The end of July 2022 will see the closure of the various rates holiday schemes, and with high inflation and an uncertain economy, now more than ever is a crucial time to check what you pay is 100% fair and accurate.

Having one of our professionals check your business rates valuation for the upcoming General Revaluation will provide you with a degree of certainty of cost and stand you in good stead should you need to challenge the district valuer’s assessment.

The 1 April 2023 will usher in a new Non-Domestic Valuation List based on open market rental values on 1 October 2021. This will see over 76,000 commercial properties valued for rating purposes. Despite open market rental evidence being the main body of evidence used to set the new valuations, the district valuer has the power to look at the receipts of a given business or estimate the build cost of the premises to arrive at the rating valuation. Therefore, the three valuation methods are Rentals, Receipts and Expenditure and Contractors Method. Either of these valuation methods can be used to set the rating valuation; however, it is common to find that the district valuer has only considered one method or misapplied a method, inevitably creating an excessive rates liability.

At Gowlands, we offer bespoke BUSINESS RATES SERVICES to a broad spectrum of ratepayers, from sole traders to multinationals. Non-domestic rating law and valuation in Northern Ireland is unique from the rest of the UK and Ireland and requires a dedicated local professional service. We offer a range of services, including:

  • Challenging the rateable value of your property with Land and Property Services

  • Auditing current or historic rates bills to ensure you are not being overcharged

  • Undertaking a measured survey and inspection of your business property

  • Managing the rating liability of complex portfolios

OUR GOAL is to obtain business rates savings for you which can be invested directly into your company.

We’re with you every step of the way, so why not TALK TO ONE OF OUR TEAM TODAY about how we can manage your business rates liability and the only thing you will need to worry about is how you’re going to invest the savings back into your business.

Call: +44 (0) 28 7051 7561 or +44 (0) 7808 514 643



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