HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 c559W
Mr. Alton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is possible for the Inland Revenue—rating and valuation—to give temporary reductions in the rateable value of properties in areas where considerable disturbance and inconvenience is caused to local residents, through continual dumping of rubbish, the mass improvement of houses in an area and where there are properties which are empty and have been so for long periods.

Mr. Peter Rees

Valuation for rating is based on the annual rent at which a property might reasonably be let from year to year. It follows that no reduction is normally due for temporary nuisances. Nevertheless a ratepayer who considers that a nuisance is of sufficient severity and duration to affect the rental value of his property may make a proposal to reduce the assessment.