The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is warning of the dangers of rogue business rates agents.
According to an article on the gov.uk website, some agents promising high business rates reductions are submitting inaccurate information, which could result in penalties or increased rates bills.
Alan Colston, Chief Valuer at the VOA, said, “The vast majority of agents are reputable and provide a good service. But there is a small minority promising big reductions in business rates, based on incorrect information.
“These rogue agents often charge substantial fees for providing poor quality submissions using our online Check and Challenge service, which is free to use.
“We strongly advise businesses do their own research and explore different options before appointing an agent. Make sure you choose your own agent – don’t let an agent choose you.”
At Goodman Nash we’re proud to take an honest and straightforward approach to business rates. Our cases are built by our dedicated team of experts using our own in-house software. We always check our information is correct before we proceed, which is why we have a success rate of over 90%.