Valuation (Metropolis) Act 1869

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1869 c. 67


Valuation (Metropolis) Act, 1869

(32 & 33 Vict.) CHAP. 67.

An Act to provide for Uniformity in the Assessment of Rateable Property in the Metropolis.

[9th August 1869]

Whereas it is expedient to provide for a common basis of value for the purposes of government and local taxation, and to promote uniformity in the assessment of rateable property in the metropolis:

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Preliminary.

Preliminary.

S-1 Act to be construed as one with 25 & 26 Vict. c. 103. and 27 & 28 Vict. c. 39.

1 Act to be construed as one with 25 & 26 Vict. c. 103. and 27 & 28 Vict. c. 39.

1. The Union Assessment Committee Act, 1862, is in this Act referred to as ‘the principal Act;’ and the principal Act, and the Union Assessment Committee Act, 1864, (amending the same,) shall for the purposes of this Act, and so far as is consistent with the tenor thereof, be incorporated with this Act; and the expression ‘this Act’ in the principal Act, and any expression referring to the principal Act which occurs in the said Act amending the same, or in any other Act or document, shall, as regards places to which this Act extends, be construed to mean the principal Act as incorporated with this Act.

S-2 Short title.

2 Short title.

2. This Act (including the Acts incorporated herewith) may be cited as TheValuation (Metropolis) Act, 1869.

S-3 Extent of Act.

3 Extent of Act.

3. This Act shall extend only to unions and parishes not in union, which are for the time being either wholly or for the greater part in value thereof respectively situate within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Board of Works appointed under The Metropolis Management Act, 1855.

S-4 Definitions.

4 Definitions.

4. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

The term ‘metropolis’ means the unions and parishes to which this Act extends:

The term ‘parish’ means any place for which a separate poor rate is or can be made, or for which a separate overseer is or can be appointed:

The term ‘union’ means any union of parishes, and any parish for which there is a separate assessment committee under this Act and the Acts incorporated herewith:

The term ‘ratepayer’ means every person who is liable to any rate or tax in respect of property entered in any valuation list:

The term ‘year’ means the twelve months commencing with the sixth of April and ending with the succeeding fifth of April; and words referring to a year refer to the same period:

The term ‘surveyor of taxes’ means any surveyor of taxes, inspector of taxes, or other officer appointed or to be appointed by the Commissioners either of Inland Revenue or of Her Majesty's Treasury for the purposes of any tax in respect of which a valuation list is by this Act made conclusive:

The term ‘overseers’ includes any person or body of persons performing the duties of overseers so far as regards the assessment, making, and collection of rates for the relief of the poor:

The term ‘vestry clerk’ means the vestry clerk, if any, elected under the Act of the session of the thirteenth and fourteenth years of the reign of Her present Majesty, chapter fifty-seven, or under a local Act, or, if there is no such clerk, the vestry clerk appointed under ‘The Metropolis Management Act, 1855:’

The term ‘hereditament’ means any lands, tenements, hereditaments, and property which are liable to any rate or tax in respect of which the valuation list is by this Act made conclusive:

The term ‘gross value’ means the annual rent which a tenant might reasonably be expected, taking one year with another, to pay for an hereditament, if the tenant undertook to pay all usual tenant's rates and taxes, and tithe commutation rentcharge, if any, and if the landlord undertook to bear the cost of the repairs and insurance, and the other expenses, if any, necessary to maintain the hereditament in a state to command that rent:

The term ‘rateable value’ means the gross value after deducting therefrom the probable annual average cost of the repairs, insurance, and other expenses as aforesaid:

The Acts specified in the first schedule to this Act are in this Act referred to by the short title placed opposite to them in that schedule.

Assessment Committee.

Assessment Committee.

S-5 Election of assessment committee in single parish where there is a vestry.

5 Election of assessment committee in single parish where there is a vestry.

5. Where, in any parish which is not included in any union formed under the Poor Law Amendment Act, 1834, and the Acts amending the same, there is for the time being a vestry elected according to the provisions of the Metropolis Management Act, 1855, but no assessment committee under the principal Act, the following provisions shall have effect:

(1) (1.) Where in any such parish there is a board of guardians having power under any Local Act to assess or make the rates for the relief of the poor, that board of guardians shall appoint an assessment committee:

(2) (2.) Where any two of such parishes are united under a Local Act for the purpose of assessing or making the rates for the relief of the poor, the guardians for such united parishes elected in pursuance of the Poor Law Amendment Act, 1834, and the Acts amending the same, shall appoint an assessment committee:

(3) (3.) In cases other than those before mentioned the vestry of such parish shall appoint an assessment committee:

(4) (4.) In the first year after the passing of this Act and every subsequent year, the body who appoint an assessment committee under this section shall on a day fixed by such body between the fifteenth and twenty-ninth of April in that year, or some other day fixed by the Poor Law Board, hold a meeting, and appoint from among themselves an assessment committee (consisting of not less than six nor more than twelve in number) in the same manner, as near as may be, as if the parish or united parishes were an union and the appointing body a board of guardians within the meaning of the principal Act.

All the provisions of this Act and the Acts incorporated herewith shall—

a. ) incases where the assessment committee is appointed by guardians under this section be construed as if such guardians, and the monies applicable by such guardians for the relief of the poor, were the guardians mentioned in the principal Act and the common fund; and—
b. ) in cases where the assessment committee is appointed by the vestry be construed, so far as is consistent with the tenor thereof, as if the terms vestry, members of the vestry, vestry clerk, assistant vestry clerk, and monies applicable to the payment of the expenses of a vestry under the Metropolis Management Act, 1855, were respectively substituted for the terms board of guardians, guardians, clerk of the board of guardians, assistant clerk of the board of guardians, and common fund, but nothing in such Acts relating to ex-officio guardians shall have any application in the case of a vestry
Making of Valuation Lists.

Making of Valuation Lists.

S-6 Making of valuation lists.

6 Making of valuation lists.

6. The overseers of every parish to which this Act extends, within the time in this Act mentioned, shall make and sign a valuation list of their parish in duplicate, in accordance with this Act.

S-7 Valuation lists to be dealt with under 25 & 26 Vict. c. 103. ss. 17 to 21.

7 Valuation lists to be dealt with under 25 & 26 Vict. c. 103. ss. 17 to 21.

7. After the valuation list is signed by the overseers the same proceedings shall be had as are directed by the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first sections of the principal Act, subject to the alterations made by this Act.

S-8 Duplicate sent to surveyor of taxes.

8 Duplicate sent to surveyor of taxes.

8. The overseers shall send one duplicate of the valuation list to the surveyor of taxes of the district at the same time that the other duplicate is deposited by them. The surveyor of taxes shall insert in the duplicate so sent to him the amount in his opinion of the gross value of the hereditaments comprised in such list where such amount differs from the amount inserted by the overseers, and shall transmit the duplicate to the assessment committee within twenty-eight days after he has received the same.

S-9 Notice to occupier of alteration of value, &c.

9 Notice to occupier of alteration of value, &c.

9. In each of the following cases; namely,

(1) (1.) Where the overseers of the parish insert in the valuation list some hereditament not previously assessed, or raise the gross or rateable value of some hereditament above the value stated in the valuation list for the time being in force or (where there is no valuation list) in the then last assessment to the poor rate, or

(2) (2.) Where the assessment committee (otherwise than in determining an objection) alter a valuation list by inserting therein some hereditament, or by raising the gross or rateable value of some hereditament comprised therein,

the overseers shall immediately after the deposit or re-deposit of the list (as the case may be) serve on the occupier of such hereditament a notice of the gross and rateable value thereof inserted in the valuation list.

S-10 Notice to state time and mode of objection.

10 Notice to state time and mode of objection.

10. The notice of the deposit and re-deposit of the valuation list published by the overseers shall state the times at which and the mode in which objections are to be made.

S-11 Grounds on which persons way object before assessment committee.

11 Grounds on which persons way object before assessment committee.

11. Objections may be made before the assessment committee by any person authorized by this Act and the Acts incorporated herewith to object who feels himself...

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