Business Rates for GP Surgeries: The Facts you Need to Know

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Here at GP Surveyors, we are often asked about how business rates are dealt with for GP surgeries. Therefore, here’s a run-down of the important things you need to know:

  • Business rates are normally reimbursed by NHS England. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are being reimbursed for the correct amount.
  • It’s up to the Valuation Office Agency to make sure that your business rates are at the correct level. However, you may sometimes receive calls from independent companies offering to challenge your business rates on your behalf. Signing up to this provides no financial benefit to you given that your rates are reimbursed. In fact, you could be left out of pocket because many of these companies will charge you a fee if they are successful in reducing your rates.
  • Sometimes NHS England will approach you for your permission to challenge your business rates if they believe them to be too high. This will provide obvious benefits to NHS England as the amount that they need to reimburse will be reduced. However, reducing your business rates could have a knock on impact on your notional rent reimbursement. This is because notional rent and business rates are both calculated based on the size, quality and location of your premises, and they are both governed by the Valuation Office Agency. Because of this, surveyors calculating Notional Rent will look at Business Rates calculations and vice versa. This means that a reduction in Business Rates could have a knock on effect on your next Notional Rent Review.
  • Due to the reasons outlined above, we would recommend that you do not agree to a business rates appeal and you are under no obligation to do so. Note: no one can appeal your business rates unless you give them written consent to do so.

For more information, please contact GP Surveyors on 0114 281 5850 or email info@gpsurveyors.co.uk

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