Business rates valuation and reduction in commercial property

Market-leading business rates reduction companies providing advice and mitigation solutions

Business rates are a significant cost for every business. At Avison Young, we help you understand your exposure and provide advice to minimise your liabilities.

As one of the UK's largest business rates specialists, we work with our clients to develop bespoke strategies and solutions to reduce their liabilities. Our experienced team blends valuation expertise, technical excellence and regional knowledge.

Government devolution has resulted in an increasing divergence in business rates liability, appeal process and legislation across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We have helped over 2,600 clients achieve a combined saving of £2.2bn since 2010.     

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Appealing and challenging your rateable value

Challenging an incorrect rating valuation is a technical and time constrained process.

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We handle each valuation with exceptional professionalism, setting out a clear strategy for the client and detailing why the valuation is incorrect. Our experts, all professional valuers, then lodge appeals and present the strongest case for a reduction.

Our straightforward approach has earned the lasting confidence of our clients. Our specialists are routinely called upon to advise on some of the country’s most high profile clients and commercial property assets. The same degree of rigour and professionalism is applied to every action we undertake.

Each country within the UK has a different approach to challenging the rateable value. Our valuation experts are active in all jurisdictions. We have the market knowledge, and technical expertise, to identify region-specific opportunities to challenge a valuation.

It’s a seamless advisory service, tailored to your specific property, circumstances and location.

Securing business rates relief and exemption

There is a complex matrix of reliefs which, if awarded, can reduce your business rates liability.

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Devolution and localism have resulted in regional and authority differences in the application of awards. With reliefs and exemptions applied at a local level it’s our understanding of these nuances that puts us ahead of our competitors. Our strong regional network of experts have intimate knowledge of the devolved legislation and policy, meaning we give you access to the very best advice, no matter where your property is located.

We maximise opportunities available to our clients by understanding their use and occupation of commercial property.  By working closely with them, we build up a picture of their potential eligibility for business rates discounts, relief and exemptions.

Our unique blend of experience and expertise builds the strongest case for a reduction in your business rates liability.

Strategies for empty properties

Paying business rates on an empty property can a burdensome cost.

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We get to know your commercial property strategy. Proactively looking for the most efficient way to reduce your business rates liability. Our strategies are flexible and tailored to your needs.

We help you financially model your liabilities and scenarios to guide your decisions, balancing costs and benefits.

We advise across a range of vacant building scenarios including:

  • Landlords with vacant whole or multi-let buildings
  • Occupiers reconfiguring use of space or relocating
  • Landlords undertaking refurbishments
  • Developers constructing new properties
  • Redevelopment sites and master planning

Business rates payment services

Making business rates payments for you

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Managing business rates payment can be time-consuming. Our business rates payment specialists do the hard work for you; calculating and managing your rate payments.

Working with finance teams, we help forecast the cost of business rates into your budget planning process. We compliment finance teams to assess not only the accuracy of liabilities but we also identify any unrealised opportunities for business rates savings. Particularly beneficial for large commercial property portfolios, we help clients manage rates payments from 15 to over 3000 properties nationwide.

We’re also experts at rate demand audit and validation. Keeping up to speed with changes to the law and the state of the market is crucial, and our dynamic approach ensures that our knowledge base is constantly expanding.

A menu of business rate management solutions is available to every client. The options range from demand and liability management, through to payment and tailored month-end reporting, forecasting and variance analysis. It’s a flexible and adaptive system, designed to match your specific needs.

We’ve earned the loyalty of our clients. In the UK and Republic of Ireland we manage over £500m of business rate liability each year.

Key business rates contacts

David Jones

    • Principal and Managing Director, Business Rates
    • Business Rates
[email protected]

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