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An Ode to The Beattie Partnership

On 18th April 1994 The Beattie Partnership was founded by a very youthful Don Beattie. In fact, we used to joke in the early days that ‘old man Beattie’ set…

2023 Rating Revaluation: What’s Happening to Business Rates?

Although the Government have provided further support to businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors for 2023/24, there are still many businesses that have seen annual rates increases following…

Is Airbnb a Better Option for Landlords than Buy to Let?

Early last year, before the UK felt the full force of the pandemic, ARLA Propertymark released a report which suggested that large numbers of landlords were likely to switch to…

Residential Conversions: What Rates Rules Apply?

A 2017 Supreme Court ruling strongly supported the principle that you could have reduced rates burden during refurbishment of a commercial building. Although this applies to commercial properties, and to…

Rating Revaluation Postponed to 2023, But Will there Be Long-term Change?

With the announcement of its call for evidence for a fundamental review of business rates, the Treasury has put back the next business rates revaluation to 2023. This confirmation of…

Will Rates Revaluation Postponement Add to the Uncertainty?

The Government has announced the postponement of the 2021 business rates revaluation. The stated aim is to reduce the uncertainty firms face as they deal with the impacts of the…

Important Update on Retail Relief

Following the recent March Budget the Chancellor has now further announced the extension of Retail Relief to apply to all occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21….

Budget 2020 – What Does It Mean For You?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has delivered his first Budget speech on 11th March 2020 with an influencing factor being the huge impact being felt across the country…

The Business Rates System is Broken, It’s Official

The House of Commons Treasury Select Committee has published its first report on the impact of business rates on business. Its key conclusions are: • the current business rates system…

Is Your Holiday Home a Costly Cottage Industry?

A few years back, there were headline news stories of people “flipping” their second homes to avoid paying tax on the sale. This switch in use allowed owners of second homes to…

Split Decisions: Will Multi-Space Occupiers Pay Less Rates?

At one time, some businesses occupying more than one property unit in a building shared with other businesses could expect to receive a single rates bill. This long-established practice applied where…

Commercial Sector – What You Need to Know

The 2017 Rating Revaluation has made substantial changes to rateable values but also the process has incurred massive changes, as the Government have introduced the ‘Check, Challenge, Appeal’ regime.  This…