decision to change the way our rates bills are worked out is at the heart
of our campaign to get a fairer deal for those who have received exorbitant
rate demands for 2007. The single capital value system used is based on the
capital value of your property at 1st January 2005.
The injustices, the unfairness and unrealistic demands levelled against the
people of Northern Ireland have been addressed elsewhere on the Website. This
section is devoted to the valuations received by people who do not agree with
the valuation of the property as assessed by the District Valuer.
of your capital value
Those homeowners who
believe the Government has incorrectly valued their homes have requested informal
reviews of their valuations.
To date we believe that
some fourteen thousand-review requests have been received at the Valuation
and Lands Agency.
It is important to note
that there is no time limit for submitting a request for informal
of Appeal after April 1st 2007
Depending on the outcome
of the informal review, the homeowner will have three further avenues of review/appeal:
- apply to the District
- review by the commissioner
of Valuation; and
- appeal to the Valuation
These will not be available until
April 2007 if and when the new system is introduced.
It should be noted that anyone requesting a revaluation and the capital
value is revised upwards after the review, the new valuation will be determined
on the amount the property value would have been at January 1st 2005.
It is important that your request for informal review is made in writing,
preferably by recorded delivery, which will mean you have verification of
submission date and proof of delivery.
Regardless of the various appeal avenues this new system offers, in the majority
of cases it will mean a financially crippling rates bill increase, once they
are coupled with the proposed new additional
water charges, come April 2007.
One thing is certain there will be no increase in your income to match these
We would strongly impress on all the citizens of Northern Ireland to join
in our campaign of civil, non-violent protest against this raft of unfair
Check this Website in the coming weeks, as it will be updated with further
action to be taken in relation to the payment of the new rate demands as calculated
under this unfair new system.
and Lands Agency website