Empty rates and mitigation strategies

We are a team of dedicated ex-local authority rating officers able to provide expert advice to help you reduce or remove liability on empty properties.

When a commercial property is vacated there is a period of exemption from paying business rates; this is usually three months, although this can vary depending on property type, size and location. After this period, the ratepayer can become liable to pay these rates again, even if the premises remain unoccupied.

The rules governing liability on empty properties are complex but by drawing on our significant experience we can develop strategies to mitigate, or, in some cases, fully remove liability rates on unoccupied premises. We understand the legislation and how local authorities think, making us supremely positioned to offer you the best solutions.

Careful planning is crucial, particularly where the property is to remain empty for a significant period. There are as many different approaches as there are individual circumstances and so our advice is always highly-tailored to your situation.

If you have property that is currently or soon-to-be vacant, we would encourage you to get in touch to find out how we can help you mitigate your business rate liability.