Our Expertise

We provide a complete service dealing with, revision appeal and tribunal appeals. Our principle Eamonn Halpin B.Sc (Surveying) M.R.I.C.S M.S.C.S.I. Has almost 40 years experience dealing with all rating matters, he initially worked for the state valuation service during the period: 1980-1995. Then in 1995, he setup his own specialist practice dealing with, rating and other specialist commercial property advices. In 2010, he was joined by his son, David Halpin M.Sc. (Real Estate) BA (mod).

Over the past number of years, we have successfully dealt with thousands of commercial properties around the country on behalf of all types of occupiers, including owners, tenants, landlords, state and semi-state bodies. In relation to appeals to the final appeal process to the Valuation Tribunal, we have taken more successful challenges on behalf of clients than any other firm in the country.

Advice Regarding General Revaluation Areas

The Valuation Office is currently undertaking general revaluations on a council by council basis throughout the Country.

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In 2020, the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will experience its second revaluation. 

Proposed certificates in this area will be published in March 2020, with final certificates published in September 2020.

From our experience in the recent revaluations, large sums of money can be saved by having a successfully negotiated challenge to the proposed revaluation figures. We will prepare and submit a detailed submission in each case based on the new valuation trends in your area. This submission is first made in writing by way of representations to the Valuation Office. The vast majority of detailed well researched challenges are successful.

As the new system seeks to define all values in the rating area at the one time the representations stage of the process (initiated with the publication of a ‘proposed’ certificate of valuation) is crucial. The period for representations is just 40 days. Under the pre-revaluation system, a new property could be weighed against other older properties in the valuation list in an effort to define its value correctly. When all valuations are submitted together, however, this task proves much more challenging as new levels for all properties come into being simultaneously. This means that if the levels applied in a given area are high, they may stay high unless a sufficient number of challenges are lodged.

If the desired result is not achieved at this stage, the assessment can be appealed to the Valuation Tribunal, an independent body. This process, however, becomes much more difficult at Tribunal Appeal stage as the Valuation Office can, have and will, use the new, and largely untested, valuations in your area against you, no matter how unfair they may be. Even if your rates bill is unchanged or even decreased, this does not mean that further savings are unattainable. In many cases, reductions in rates through the revaluation process have merely redressed some of the imbalance from a previous valuation rather than establishing a fair assessment for the ratepayer.

Advice Regarding Revision

All valuations not part of a general revaluation program are dealt with by way of revision. Revision is subject to a number of restrictive clauses, defined by ‘material change in circumstances’, namely:

1) Construction of new property

2) Significant structural alterations to existing property

3) Amalgamation or Sub-division of properties

4) A change in rateable status of a property

At Revision, It is not sufficient to prove that the valuation is excessive; one must prove at revision that the property is materially changed and that the valuation is excessive. This makes each case unique and challenging in its own way.

Fees

Revaluation

Revaluation is when all valuations in a county are revised at the same time.

Advices by phone or email: FREE

Survey: €100 + VAT per assessment

Representations: ‘No Foal, No Fee’ @ 50% of the 1st year’s savings in rates + VAT.

Valuation Tribunal Stage: On Request (case by case basis)

Revision

Revision is when all other valuations are fixed, but there is an individual issue with your unique valuation.

Advices by phone or email: FREE

Survey: €500 + VAT per assessment

Representations: ‘No Foal, No Fee’ @ 50% of the 1st year’s savings in rates + VAT.

Valuation Tribunal Stage: On Request (case by case basis)