Clearing up confusion

Lately there has been a number of people emailing us thinking that we give out Rate Relief, unfortunatley this is not the case. We are simply here to provide information to Small Businesses about the relief, we cannot tell you how much relief you are entitled to.

If you want to apply for Business Rate Relief or have a more advanced query then please get in touch with your local council, who’s contact details you can find on the ‘Make a Claim‘ page.

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  • Hi

    I was wondering if you could help?

    I have filled out the refund form and have been told by the council (merton) that they will refund me my over-payments for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009. However, they claim that they will not be able to refund my 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 over-payments (£1500) because the government don’t allow it.

    Is that legal? If I owed them £1500 from 3 or 4 years ago they would certainly want it.

    Kind Regards,

    Adrian Smith

  • Hi Adrian,
    Did not see your question till today.

    The Council are right, the rules clearly say that you have 6 months after the end of the rating year, ie 31st March, to claim. So 06/07 ran out on Sept 30th 2007.
    There is one exception however, and that is if you can appeal your rateable value back to 2005, you MAY get a further six months window to claim from the date the change is applied, if you are successful.

    Contact a reputable rating agent to see if an appeal is worthwhile on your property.


    Julian Rosenthal

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