Case Study: Trades Union Congress

Trade Union Congress building
Published on: 28th October 2014

The rateable value of the TUC Headquarters in London was increased considerably by The Valuation Office for Reval 2010 & following internal refurbishment works to the property.

Sanderson Weatherall successfully argued that the increase in the rateable value was not justified and negotiated a large reduction in rates payable of over £750,000 in total.

‘Sanderson Weatherall has been our trusted business rates advisors for some time now and has always taken a proactive approach to minimising our rates liability.  We have regular meetings with Matthew to discuss the progress of the Appeals against our rateable values, and he also provides future budget advice for each of the offices in our property portfolio in England & Wales.'

David Hemington, Head of Management Services and Administration Department TUC

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Business Rates

Click here to find out how the 2017 revaluation will affect your business. Sanderson Weatherall Rating specialists are RICS and IRRV qualified surveyors that can offer a comprehensive range of Rating services to clients including Rating Appeals, Rating Valuations, Rates Management and Rates Audit, together with cutting edge advice on Empty Rates mitigation. Regarded as experts in the field, all our senior staff are members of the Rating Surveyors' Association and are able to offer the very best Rates advice on the accuracy of Rating assessments and resultant Business Rates liabilities. Through our experts' memberships of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation we are also happy to assist clients who have international local property tax liabilities. We participate in the activities of both of these professional bodies at the highest level and negotiate with government on the introduction of all new non domestic rating proposals. The current 2010 Rating Revaluation took effect on 1st April 2010 and as s a result new rateable values and summary valuations were released. Sanderson Weatherall is ready and able to advising clients, old and new on the implications. Although these assessments have now been in place for just over five years, Rating appeals can still be submitted against the 2010 Rating List albeit with some new restrictions on backdating.Following the recent postponement of the planned 2015 revaluation, the 2010 list will now apply until March 2017. Please contact us for urgent Rates advice, as a well-considered appeal could make large savings in your annual Business Rates outgoings.   Contact Us

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Video Guide to the 2017 Business Rates Revaluation

We have launched a seven video guide to the April 2017 Business Rates Revaluation. With the April 2017 business rates revaluation approaching, we have created a video series to help you understand what will be happening over the coming months, how the revaluation could affect your business and what you can do to plan for it.  

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Rates management

"Left to their own devices, most recipients of a non-domestic rates demand will get out their pocket calculator and check that the arithmetic is correct, then sign it off for payment" The arithmetic always will be - as the bill comes out of a computer! There is however rather more to a Rates bill than that. Rates Management is an additional service that professionally qualified Rates Liability specialists at Sanderson Weatherall provide to a growing number of rating clients. We arrange to receive business rates bills directly from the local billing authority, ratify and authorise these over a very short timescale, before reporting back to the client. Every account is given a multi-point check to ensure validity and accuracy. Where possible, we can often renegotiate instalment payments to aid the client's cash flow. Based on available information and taking the often complex transitional arrangements into account, we can then work with our clients to produce timely and accurate budget forecasts. If required, we can also arrange for the client to put us in funds to effect the payment of rates accounts by cheque, direct debit, BACS or most other methods. By outsourcing the process of rates bills, we can save our clients considerable time and money. If you have ever tried in vain to contact the correct person at a local billing authority, you will know how difficult and time consuming this can be! (The hours just slip by!) Sanderson Weatherall liability experts deal regularly with the authorities concerned. Our fees for this service are always extremely cost effective and a quotation, tailored to the job in hand, can be provided on request. Contact Us

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