Luke Longley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s in Real Estate. Luke joined SHW in June 2016 as a Graduate Surveyor in the Professional Department.
He currently works within the Crawley Professional team. In particular, assisting with all aspects of Business Rates and Lease Advisory work.
In 2019 Luke completed his Assessment of Professional Competence to become a Chartered Surveyor.
Business Rates Management – checking business rates bills for clients and ensuring any discounts/relief applicable has been applied. He often liaises with local authorities to ensure ratepayers’ bills are correct, and subsequently ensures bills are amended if inaccurate.
Business Rates Mitigation and Appeal – using a number of techniques, Luke successfully reduces the business rates liability for ratepayers, this can involve submitting appeals to contest a Rateable Value or taking steps to reduce liability when a property is empty.
St Georges Place, Brighton – a business rates appeal on behalf of a local solicitor resulted in reducing the client’s business rates bill from approximately £10,000 pa to £0.
Lease Advisory – advises clients on a number of lease matters, including rent reviews, re-gears and lease renewals. Luke acts for both landlords and tenants.
London Road, East Grinstead – acting for a retail tenant where a 33% reduction in the passing rent at a lease renewal was achieved.
Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill – acting for the landlord of this small retail unit, Luke secured a significant increase in the total rent for the client.
15 April 2019
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