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What we do

Since Business Rates are based on the Valuation Office’s estimate of the annual rental of a property, the calculation is open to challenge. The Knight Frank Business Rates team consists of both Chartered Surveyors and Rate Payment and Audit Specialists, drawing on over 50 years of experience in managing the complexities of the rating system. Our role is to actively seek to reduce your rate liabilities, ultimately placing your company in a better financial position.

In simple terms, we use our experience and knowledge of the rating system to mitigate your rate liabilities. The areas of work are identified as follows:

Challenge and Appeal

Our rating experts can advise if there are grounds to challenge your Rateable Value and guide you through the complex appeal procedures introduced for the 2017 Rating List. To initiate this process, ratepayers need to register on the Government Gateway website.

Empty Rates Mitigation

In the event you are vacating a property or taking a phased occupation, we can help to ensure you benefit from the maximum amount of relief. In some instances, we can mitigate your liability by securing successive periods of relief.

Rate Audit

We can review all the historic payments back to 1990 to check your rate demands have been correctly calculated and claim any overpaid refunds.

Rate Payment and Management

We provide a full service for the payment and management of your rates for large or small portfolios together with all the necessary rating advice, supporting financial data and reporting.

Disturbance Refunds

If your business is being affected by a nearby development, we can help you apply for rates relief and lodge appeals citing a material change in circumstance. The reduction will be applied for the period of the disturbance.