How to object to your municipal property valuation

What is the purpose of GV2018?
The purpose of the City of Cape Town’s 2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018) is to determine the updated property levies which will take effect from 1 July 2019.
The City of Cape Town’s valuers assess the market value of all properties in a mass appraisal procedure to define your rates and taxes. Unfortunately, general valuations are based almost entirely on statistical averages and don’t always reflect the true value of specific properties.
If you believe the municipal valuer has over-valued your property, you should contest this; if justified, the valuer will be amended. If an objection is not lodged during the advertised objection period there is little prospect of having the municipal valuation amended, barring special circumstances.
To lodge an objection, the City requires that due process is followed. Note the difference deadlines for in-person objectives compared to online objections below:
Properties that do not appear on GV2018 will be valued on the Supplementary Valuation Roll (SVR) which is published every July.
Objections dos and don’ts
The onus is on the objecting ratepayer to provide a substantiated motivation as to why they believe the motivation is incorrect.
The City will not consider objections that are completed in bad faith; frivolous, late or incomplete objections, or objections submitted on anything else but the official form. Multiple objections on a single objection form will also not be accepted.
Upon receiving each objection, the City will issue an official acknowledgement notice as long as it as it was received during the official objection period. This document is very important and serves as proof of your objection.
If you don’t agree with the City’s decision following your property valuation objection you have made, you can appeal.
Get a professional valuation to support your objection
A professional valuation will provide excellent support for your motivation as to why your valuation is incorrect. This is critical for owners of income-generating properties where a number of further factors need to be considered.
Only a seasoned professional valuer is equipped with the required knowledge and experience to capably argue the municipal valuer’s assessment in case the City has over- or underrated your property.