Making an appeal to the Valuation Office
The Valuation Officer may alter the value if the circumstances of the property have changed. The ratepayer (and certain others who have an interest in the property) can appeal against the value shown in the list if they believe it is wrong. Further information about making appeals can be found on the VOA website, or from the Lincoln Valuation Office.
Please note that making an appeal to your Rateable Value can result in your Rateable Value being decreased or increased.
Successful appeals against values shown in the rating list that came into force on 1st April 2010 will normally be backdated to that date, although there are exceptions to this.
Ratepayers do not have to be represented in discussions about their rateable value or their rates bill. Appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge. However, ratepayers who do wish to be represented should be aware that members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation are qualified and are regulated by rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from misconduct. Before you employ a rating adviser, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take great care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into any contract.