Commercial occupiers within County Roscommon are currently undergoing a rating revaluation, which means the level of rates previously paid will change.
Aishleen in REA Carthy also advised that 2,088 Proposed Valuation Certificates were issued in County Roscommon and 448 representations were made, which indicates that 21% of occupiers were unhappy.
It is interesting to note that out of the many counties undergoing a revaluation at present, Roscommon recorded the highest level of representations.
Based on the representations received the Valuation Office issued Final Certificates on the 15th September 2017 and have conceded reductions in 21% of cases.
Almost 63% of occupiers will now receive a reduction in their rates liability while just over 33% are actually increasing.
Aishleen advised that in all of her cases that she appealed, 90% were reduced.
Unfortunately there will always be those that increase and increases overall have come from the retail, industrial and hospitality sectors.
Unless the levels proposed in the Final Certificates are contested before the 12th October 2017 these are deemed to be accepted and will be the levels payable by occupiers from the 1st January 2018.
Aishleen advised that if parties are dissatisfied with their valuation, the deadline to appeal directly to the Valuation Tribunal has been set for October 12th and time is of the essence. This process can be costly as well as lengthy and it is important to seek professional advice.
As these rates will remain unchanged for a period of 10 years it is vital that all occupiers ensure that they are comfortable with the levels payable.
Should you have any further queries in relation to your rates or the representation process, please contact Aishleen or Seamus immediately at REA Seamus Carthy, Roscommon Town on 090-6630001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.