Business Rates Advice & Appeals

We provide commercial business rates advice to owners and occupiers of commercial property in Oxford, Witney and across Oxfordshire. From retail shops to offices, industrial units to warehouses we are highly proficient in challenging commercial rating assessments, giving advice on rate exemptions, rate reliefs and rate supplements as well as applying for rate relief on empty properties.

Rating appeals

RDS Commercial can undertake rate reviews and check that your business rate valuations are accurate and if not, we have the experience to challenge them to rate appeal stage. With the introduction of the new, more onerous check, challenge, appeal rating system for the Rating Revaluation 2017, specialist business rates advice is required. Our experience in this area means that we often achieve significant rates reductions and rate savings for clients.

Read our blog about the new rating appeal system to find out more about how to challenge your commercial business rates.

Transitional rate relief

There are measures available to help small and medium sized businesses with the 2017 business rates revaluation through the transitional rates scheme. This includes a series of annual transitional rates charges and rate relief caps to phase in any increase in rate bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation. We work with business owners to provide rating advice and support about these transitional arrangements.

Other business rating services

Business rate advice may also be needed on exemptions, reliefs, supplements, empty property rating and transitional rate adjustments. We have the expert knowledge to enable us to look after every element of your business rates, to ensure that you are only paying the rates you should be.

Our rating specialist

Our rating specialist Robert Seares is a former President of the Rating Surveyors’ Association (RSA) and a long standing member of the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV). He uses his intimate rating knowledge of the Oxfordshire commercial property market combined with his extensive experience built up over a number of years to help businesses secure business rate reductions. We have recently broadened our expertise by our association with Sanderson Weatherall, a leading national independant firm of chartered surveyors, property consultants and business asset advisors.

Call Robert on 01993 705594 or email