Business Rates (also known as non-domestic rates) are a tax levied by the government on all commercial premises. The Rateable Value of a property is set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and collected by your local authority.
Leeds City Council is the local authority of the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is a Metropolitan District Council, one of five in West Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Leeds. Leeds council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as manufacturing firms and publishing houses, which make up the typical economy in the Leeds region.
Typically, a large industry is the financial and business sectors, which can also be subject to business rates in Leeds. Properties such as office buildings in these sectors can be incorrectly valued as usually their use can change over many years, and information may not have been updated with the VOA. This can have a huge impact on business running costs, as business rates can be in the top five costs for a business.
Leeds has one of the most diverse economies in the UK, and has more than thirty-thousand VAT-registered businesses and more than six thousand small and medium-sized businesses – all of which account for more than half of employment. Leeds Council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in this region. Another large contributor to the economy in Leeds is the construction industry, which work with large equipment and heavy machinery. Your business rates in Leeds can be affected by any disruption or adverse access to your property and backdated savings could apply to the beginning of the Ratings List.
RVA Surveyors offers a ‘no reduction, no fee’ service, giving reassurance to all businesses when tackling their business rates in Leeds. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Council business rates, there is no cost to the business. Whether commercial property owners or tenants, RVA are able to help business rates payers achieve reductions in their business rates across Leeds and the rest of England and Wales.