All commercial property is assessed for business rates which is a significant fixed annual overhead for occupiers, in addition to rent and the cost of services and utilities, and a costly imposition on property owners during periods of vacancy.
Our experienced team at Bolton Birch has the expertise to identify where savings can be made due to excessive rating assessments and has an extremely good track record of successful appeals. In addition, we provide a rating management service which involves the auditing of rate accounts to check they have been prepared in accordance with agreed assessments.
These appeals and audits have resulted in significant savings for clients over many years of occupation.
The practice acts for a number of large companies in respect of rating appeals. We have had particular recent success in appeals on theatres, cinemas, hotels, public houses and restaurants in addition to the traditional office, shop and industrial/warehouse sectors. This involves appearances as an Expert Witness at both Valuation Tribunals and the Land Chamber of the Upper Tribunal.