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Business rates cowboys take advantage of 1 in 5 UK businesses
Businesses in England and Wales are being warned against unscrupulous agents offering to reduce company’s business rates bills.
Chartered Surveyor Nick Wright MRICS and Director of RatesRecovery a leading national specialist business rates consultancy says: 'Rates are the highest outgoing for many businesses after rent. The rates valuation and billing process can often be confusing and for many the prospect of pursuing an appeal is daunting. In the past many unregulated agents have taken advantage of this situation by making false promises to local businesses in return for an upfront fee. Many of the appeals made by these rates cowboys were without foundation and had little or no chance of success. Companies continue to be ripped off every day through a variety of telesales and door to door marketing by these people.”
With the 2011/12 rates bills recently being received by businesses ratepayers should be on their guard; it is expected that rogue agents will again be on the prowl. With no Government backed regulation in place ratepayers should ensure that they only use agents who are members of the RICS and abide by its code of practice.
Ratepayers can also obtain a free, personalised, online report from www.ratesrecovery.com which details if they may be overpaying business rates and provides an easy to understand guide as to the potential level of risk.
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RatesRecovery is a leading national specialist business rates consultancy and chartered surveyors. RatesRecovery advises businesses throughout the UK ranging from FTSE 100 companies, leading national retail brands, and multinational companies as well as privately owned SME’s. Nick Wright MRICS is a qualified chartered surveyor and Director of ratesrecovery.com. He is also a member of the Rating Surveyors Association. He has specialised as a rates surveyor for over 15 years and represents clients such as Specsavers, Arcadia Group, Blockbuster, Mothercare and many more.