Can a landlord get a rate cut if property is not fit to rent out?


If a landlord doesn’t want to carry out repairs on a commercial property unless he has a tenant waiting to move in, is he entitled to have the rateable value reduced?

A recent case saw landlord Christopher Shaw appeal after a valuation tribunal refused to reduce the rateable value of one of his business units.

Mr Shaw had managed a business park since purchasing it in 1986. A large building in the park had been rented by a metalwork company until it went into administration.

Berry Smith shortlisted again for Property Law Firm of the Year

Berry Smith’s Commercial Property team has again been shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Wales Property Awards which are being held on Thursday 28th June at Cardiff City Hall.

The Commercial Property team is led by partners Martin Pursall and Chris Jones plus consultant Roger Berry, all of whom are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories. The department has a total of 11 fee earners plus 5 support staff.