INCOME & PROPERTY VALUATION
The department is responsible for ensuring that all rates are billed correctly and sent to the correct ratepayers at the beginning of every financial year and if any ratepayers default the department is responsible for ensuring that they are followed up as per the dictates of the rating act of 1995.
Rates differ according to the following designations:
- The Rating Act states that an independent valuer be approved by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development to evaluate the properties.
- Rates are charged based on the value of immovable property.
- A property owner may object against the value given to his property to the Valuation Court by filling in an objection Form as soon as they receive the valuation notice from The Board.
- The Valuation Court deals strictly with discrepancies in property values and not rates.
- Complaints pertaining to rates are attended to by the Board.
RATES PAYMENT BY APPROVED INSTALLMENT ARRANGEMENT PLAN
This is another method approved by the Board to pay rates. It can be paid monthly, quarterly, half yearly and or annually. The advantages of this method are:
- Balance due shall not attract interest at 15% per annum which is charged for late payment
- Fixed and agreed amount remain consistent throughout the financial year
- It can be spread over the twelve months period of the financial year making it affordable to the rate payer