Commercial surveying services from the Beattie Partnership

Audit and Compliance

The regulations surrounding business rates are hugely complicated and range in specialism from conventional appeals through to Audit of errors by the Local Authority/Valuation Office and reviewing opportunities to recoup historic savings.

Non-domestic properties in England and Wales are reassessed periodically and for conventional appeals, savings can be backdated to 2017. However, in certain cases, following an Audit, savings can be retrospective to 2010, plus interest! The Beattie Partnership really are passionate about adding value for our clients, and saving money wherever possible.

Our Service:

  • Collect rates demands for current and previous years
  • Analyse history of payments and schedule of ratepayers
  • Identify the occupied accommodation compared with any vacant areas
  • Full forensic review of computed rate charged, to uncover any errors in procedure by the authorities
  • Complete review of rating profile to establish any historic rating opportunities to raise with the Valuation Office
  • Correspond with authorities to ensure correct payment mechanism and any refunds re-paid

Example Savings

£0.5 million overpayment re-covered for a Grade A serviced and managed office provider
£300,000 refund received by a high street fashion supplier
£200,000 for national builder’s merchants

This specialised service differs from conventional rating appeals, which involves an appeal against a rateable value, on valuation grounds. A rating audit, however, involves a forensic examination of the non-domestic rate liability, to establish if there are any errors in charging, which can result in significant - and welcome - refunds!

An Authority must adhere to procedures governed by the Local Government Finance Act 1998 and if they don't precisely follow the rules laid down within this lengthy Act, an opportunity to challenge their validity can arise and retrospective savings can follow until the Authority remedy their error.