We have recently been taking instructions from businesses who are defending claims being issued in relation to business rate relief. Typically, a surveyor or a company representative would attend a business and tell the business owner that they could assist the owner in securing small business rate relief. A contract would then be offered and the owner, often being given very little time to read the small print, would sign the contract only to find out later that the contract terms were not what they had envisaged.
Due to changes in the way that small business rate relief is treated by the government this has led to the situation where some small businesses secure a 100% reduction in their small business rates only to discover that the owner now owes 40% of the saving to the surveyor! The contracts typically stipulating that the saving is owed whether or not the surveyor does any work to secure the relief.
We understand that many small business owners have never had legal advice and if you are looking to appoint a Business Rate Solicitor to help you defend a claim please do get in touch. If you are involved in a Business Rate Relief Dispute, please contact us
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