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Rating (Valuation) Act 1999


3.The Act amends the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to require that property in England or Wales which is subject to non-domestic rating is to be valued for that purpose on the assumption that it is in a state of reasonable repair. This assumption will apply whatever the actual condition of the property. There is an exception for repairs which would be uneconomic: in such cases the valuation is to be made on the basis that such repairs will not be made.

4.The Act is designed to put on a statutory footing the law as it was widely believed to apply before the decision of the Lands Tribunal on 11th March 1998 in the case of Benjamin (VO) v Anston Properties Limited [1998] R.A. 53, [1998] 19 E.G. 163. A similar provision already exists in relation to the valuation of domestic property for council tax (see regulation 6 of the Council Tax (Situation and Valuation of Dwellings) Regulations 1992, S.I. 1992/550).

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