Gov.uk's business section provides independent, practical advice for businesses, which includes details regarding business rates.
Subjects covered include:
- Business premises
- Working from home
- How business rates are calculated
- Paying business rates
- Requesting re-assessment of business rates
- Going to appeal
- Rating advisors
Ratepayers do not have to be represented in discussions about their rateable value or their rates bill. Appeals against rateable value can be made free of charge.
However, ratepayers who do wish to be represented should be aware that members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation are qualified and are regulated by rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from misconduct.
Before you employ a rating advisor, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take great care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into a contract.