Alteration to assessment following end of temporary use

The Upper Tribunal has determined that a former wedding venue, part of which was let out on a temporary basis, should revert to its former rating assessment and description once the temporary use had ceased. The decision in Arnold v Dearing (VO) found that the Valuation Tribunal had been wrong to refuse to alter the assessment to reflect the letting of part of the property, but that the assessment should then revert to its former level following the end of that letting.

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Stables and arena “appurtenant” to house

Whilst business properties are subject to non-domestic rates, domestic properties are subject to Council Tax. The definition of domestic property includes living accommodation, together with any property that is “appurtenant to” that living accommodation. The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has considered what is meant by “appurtenant to” in its decision in Corkish (VO) v Bigwood. ...Read More

Office assessment reduced for disturbance

The rating assessment of offices in Berwick Street, London W1, was reduced by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on appeal. The decision in HostSoho Limited v Jackson (VO) provides a useful reminder to valuers that valuation for rating, particularly in unusual circumstances, requires the application of common sense, and is not a formula-based process. ...Read More

Rates relief for public lavatories

The Government has introduced a Parliamentary Bill to give relief from non-domestic rates to public lavatories in England and Wales. The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill gives effect to a promise made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in last year’s Budget. ...Read More

More frequent rating revaluations

The Government has introduced a Parliamentary Bill to bring forward the date of the next rating revaluation in England from April 2022 to April 2021. The Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill also allows for revaluations every three years from 2021 onwards. It gives effect to a promise made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in last year’s Spring Statement to carry out more frequent revaluations. ...Read More