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.
Luton Borough Council is the local governing body responsible for Luton. It is a unitary authority, meaning that it has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and a district council combined. Luton council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as offices and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Luton region.
A typically large industry is the transport and storage sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Luton. Properties such as office buildings and warehouses in the transport and storage sector 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.
Luton also relies heavily on the business administration sector, which in 2018 was the highest -employing sector at 16,000 people. Luton Borough Council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in this sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Luton is the manufacturing industry, which works with heavy machinery and large trucks delivering products across the UK. Your business rates in Luton 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 Luton. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Luton Borough 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 Luton and the rest of England and Wales.