Dear Department of Finance (Northern Ireland),
Can you confirm if a flat above a shop is treated differently for rates purposes ie are there any special discounts applicable?
Maria O Callaghan
Thank you for your request for information You asked if a flat above a
shop is treated differently for rates purposes i.e. are there any special
discounts applicable. This request was received in Land & Property
Services (LPS) ON 11^th May 2016. We feel this request can be dealt in the
most effective and efficient manor by treating it as a line of business
request, if you are happy for us to do so?
Firstly I can tell that there are no specific rating discounts applicable
for a flat above a shop. There are a range of rating discounts
available i.e. single pensioner allowance, housing benefit, landlord
discount etc.. but nothing specifically for a flat over a shop.
For the original valuation for rating purposes of such a property there
would be a number of factors that come into the equation. I have spoken to
the Valuation section and they feel that this could be best explained
through a phone call with perhaps a follow up email to clarify any given
Thus would it be possible to forward a contact number to our email address
and I will get a senior valuer to contact you to explain how a flat/
apartment above a shop would be valued.
Information Management Unit
Business Services Directorate
Land & Property Services
Department of Finance
7 Lanyon Place
Belfast, BT1 3LP
Tel: 028 9033 6111 (ext: 56111)
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