NON DOMESTIC RATES IMPOSED ON OUR HUMBLE VAN!
by GREG KINGE
(FOLKESTONE KENT (SHEPWAY))
Currently trading in a private car park selling hot & cold snacks (etc) for a few years now.. Suddenly & without warning we receive a non domestic rates demand from the local council & we question its legality.
So as to 'twist the knife' it’s been introduced retrospectively.. That’s correct, back dated & without even the opportunity to claim previous years small business relief!.. Of course we think its 101% unfair & are currently appealing..
Has anyone else out there encountered this dilemma & if so can you direct us to a source of inexpensive or free legal advice.. At every turn we are being thwarted by both the council & VOA who insist that we have to hand over whatever sum of money they decide to dream up.. Can you believe that our VW caddy van has a rateable value of £3500 per annum
The VOA have decided that our rateable value is deemed to be on a par with the local B&Q trailer permanently sited in a local business park..
The size & turnover of our set up is a fraction of the B&Q kiosk.. This is not a level playing field!.. This matter is squeezing us to the point where we will finally have to cease trading..