Judge's ruling on Wigan stadium valuation could be bad news for other relegated clubs 

20 December 2019

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Photo: Getty Images "The appeal fails because there has been no material change in circumstances," read the ruling.

Wigan have lost an appeal case at the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) regarding the rateable valuation of the club's DW Stadium. 

The club argued that there had been a material change by alluding to relegation, but the VTE found that not to be the case. 

"The ruling is bad news for clubs with big modern stadia who were relegated from the EPL," explains rating expert Richard Wackett. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

As Wigan Athletic were relegated from the Premier League in 2013 and then from the Championship in 2015, the club have appealed to the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE), petitioning for their DW Stadium's rateable value - and therefore rates - to be reduced.  

In general, there are two ways to reduce or change the rateable value: demonstrate that the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has overstated rental value; or prove that there has been a material change under the regulations.

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