Check I Challenge I Appeal
What Does This Mean?
The government has introduced a new 3 step process known as Check, Challenge, Appeal.
The Check stage is to ensure all facts about the property concerned are correct and up to date. Any errors should be highlighted and sorted out. This we are told should be quick but the legislation gives the Valuation Office 1 year in which to respond.
Once the facts have been agreed, a challenge can be made to the Valuation Office if you still feel the assessment is incorrect. This challenge must be made within 4 months of the VOA’s response to the Check stage. If the challenge is outside this period then the whole process will start again. In this stage the ratepayer will be expected to provide a reasoned case as to why he feels the assessment is incorrect. Any supportive evidence will also need to be submitted. The Valuation Office will also be under a duty to provide supportive evidence for the assessment. Once discussions have been completed, the Valuation Office will issue a decision notice. This they have to do within 18 months of the challenge. It is hoped that the majority of appeals will be settled in this stage.
The Appeal stage will come into play if an agreement cannot be reached with the Valuation Office at the Challenge stage. The ratepayer will have 4 months from the decision notice to lodge an appeal with the Valuation Tribunal.
3 Step Guide to Appealing 2017
Business rates will now be managed through a Government Gateway which is a central online system. The ratepayer essentially needs to set up a secure account within the gateway, where they can register their details and business and appoint an agent to help.
- Register yourself and business through the Government Gateway
- Claim your property
- Appoint a professional agent to act on your behalf