Unoccupied Property Rating
Unoccupied properties are exempt from empty property rates for at least 3 months.
This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties. After this period, rates are payable in full unless the unoccupied property rate has been reduced by the Government by order. In most cases, the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs.
In addition, there are a number of further exemptions from the unoccupied property rate, including Listed Buildings, properties where the ratepayer is either Bankrupt or Liquidated and properties with a Rateable Value below a prescribed amount.
With effect from 1 April 2017, unoccupied properties with a rateable value below £2,900 will receive the 100% exemption. There are also other exceptions from empty property rates, some of which are as follows:
No Business Rates are payable on empty property for three months after the property becomes vacant.
Industrial premises, such as warehouses, are exempt for a further three months i.e. 6 months in total.
Listed buildings are exempt until they become occupied again.
Properties owned by charities are exempt if the property's next use is likely to be wholly or mainly for charitable purposes.
Community amateur sports club buildings are exempt if their next use is likely to be wholly or mainly for a sports club.
If the unoccupied property rate for the financial year has been reduced by order, it will be shown on the front of your bill.