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How Does the Process Work?

The 5 step process:

 

STEP 1: Free Registration process


Rates Watch will take away the aggravation of lodging valuation objections, applying for valuation reviews and valuation appeals.

Our free registration service will:

• Notify all subscribers of valuation roll changes.

• Notify all subscribers of valuation related news.

After we have verified your property details in the deeds office and in the valuation roll, Rates Watch will invite you to have your property valuation screened to guide you as to whether your property has been incorrectly valued.

STEP 2: Screening process


The screening price will vary depending on the catgeory (Residential, Business and Commercial, Industrial, etc.) and nature of the property.

 

Rates Watch will:


• Analyse the value of your property

• Provide you with a provisional value

• Recommend whether to lodge an objection or apply for a valuation review

 

STEP 3: Objection process

(Fees payable will be quoted once the outcome of step 2 is known)

The Municipal Property Rates Act of 2004 sets out the objection, valuation review and appeal procedure. If this process is not correctly followed it could result in a costly mistake.

ENROL THE PROFESSIONALS TO ACT ON YOUR BEHALF.

If the screening process indicates that an objection should be lodged, Rates Watch will undertake the following on your behalf:

• Determine a suggested market valuation for the property

• Complete the objection form including a motivation for the suggested market value

 

Lodge the objection

• Obtain proof that the objection was submitted

Interact with the Municipal Valuer if necessary

• Obtain the Municipal Valuer’s decision

• Request reasons from the Municipal Valuer if applicable

• Consider the written reasons

• Recommend whether an appeal should be lodged

If you do not object, you cannot lodge an appeal.

STEP 4: Appeal

(Fees payable will be quoted once the outcome of step 3 is known and an appeal is recommended) 


The objection is first considered by the Municipal Valuer himself !!!!

If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Municipal Valuer or if the reasons for his decision are unacceptable, an appeal to the Valuation Appeal Board has to be submitted.

The Valuation Appeal Board is an independent body appointed by Provincial Government
.

For an appeal, Rates Watch will:

• Prepare and lodge the appeal

• Brief legal representation if necessary

• Appear at the hearing on your behalf.

• Obtain the decision of the board

• Recommend whether further legal action should be instituted

• Prepare and submit an application to the High Court

IF YOU DO NOT LODGE AN OBJECTION TO AN INCORRECT VALUATION ENTRY, YOU FORFEIT THE RIGHT OF OBJECTION AND APPEAL

Step 5: The Valuation Review process

(Fees payable will be quoted once the outcome of step 2 is known) 

If the objection is already closed and you have missed the opportunity to lodge an objection, Rates Watch can still assist you to prepare and lodge a request for a supplementary valuation in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act.

If the screening indicates that an application should be lodged, Rates Watch will apply for a valuation review on your behalf.

IF YOU FAILED TO LODGE AN OBJECTION, YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION OF A VALUATION REVIEW.

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO APPLY