A property investment company recovered money overpaid on a high quality city centre office block from this Midlands local authority.
But only after Accurates discovered significant non-compliance issues in the authority’s rate calculations.
A simple error, but only Accurates spotted it
Our client had been served a series of rate demand notices all purporting to meet statutory requirements but we found this wasn’t the case. However proving the rate demands didn’t comply with rating legislation for unoccupied non-domestic property in England was another matter.
First, we established the sequence of events started by the billing authority, and then reviewed them in respect of the compliance framework.
Following a forensic audit of the visible paper trail, plus documents disclosed only after we requested them, we put together an argument for non-compliance with statutory requirements.
And the result - £200,000 recovered.