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Gross rental value

Learn about gross rental value ​(GRV) ​and how it is used to inform your rates, service charges and levies.

What is gross rental value (GRV)?

The gross rental value (GRV) is the total annual rent a property might reasonably be expected to earn each year if it was rented out. This includes associated rates, taxes, charges, insurances, and other outgoings. For non-residential properties, GST is also included.

The GRV is determined by the Valuer-General for all rateable and leviable properties in Western Australia. Landgate provides these figures to rating authorities who use it to work out the rates, service charges, and levies that property owners must pay.

These rating authorities include:

  • local councils for rates
  • water providers (e.g. Water Corporation WA) for water and sewerage rates
  • the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) for the emergency services levy, which is included on your council rates.

Each rating authority sets their own rate in the dollar to be charged. The rate in the dollar figure is multiplied by the GRV, with the local council adding levies (e.g. rubbish collection) to calculate the total rates payable. You should find details of the GRV and rate in the dollar used to calculate your rates in the bill notice.

If you have any queries on the rate in the dollar or levies, please contact your respective local council or rating authority.

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How and when is the GRV determined?

Step 1: Date of valuation (DOV)

To ensure a fair and equitable assessment is completed, all properties within a local government are assessed by our valuers at the same date, which is known as the date of valuation.

The assessment is conducted every 3 years for the metropolitan area and 3 to 6 years for regional areas, depending on the local government.

Find details of the most recent date of valuation for metropolitan and regional local governments.

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Step 2: Rental evidence is collected and analysed to determine GRV

Valuers at Landgate collect and analyse evidence at the date of valuation to establish property market levels.

To determine a fair rental value for each property, individual property attributes and constraints are considered. These may include:

Residential Non-residential
  • Location
  • Age, building area and construction materials
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Number of car shelters (carports / garages)
  • Below ground pools
  • Views, busy roads, or proximity to an industrial precinct.
  • Location
  • Age, building area and construction materials
  • Street exposure and property access
  • Proximity to main arterial roads and primary commercial precincts.

For non-residential properties, council rates, water rates, land taxes, building insurance and GST may also be included.

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Step 3: GRV is applied to your rates on the effective date

Given the time it takes to determine the GRV for all properties, there is an elapsed time between the date of valuation and the effective date of the GRV (when the valuation can be applied to generate rates or charges). For local governments located in the metropolitan area this timeframe is 23 months, while for regional areas this timeframe is 11 months.

See how the GRV is applied to your rates notice over a 3-year period in the diagram below.

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For any further queries on the GRV, please contact our Customer Service team.

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