Unoccupied property relief

You will not be charged for the first three months that a property is empty.

This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties.

Some unoccupied properties may be exempt from a charge, they are:

  • properties with a rateable value less than £2,900, effective from 1st April 2017
  • not allowed to be used by law
  • vacant due to action taken on behalf of the Crown
  • listed building subject to building preservation notice
  • ancient monuments included in schedule compiled under Ancient Monuments & Archaeological Areas Act 1979(b)
  • owner entitled to possession only in his capacity as personal representative of a deceased person
  • a bankruptcy order subsists in respect of the owner’s estate
  • owner entitled to possession as trustee under deed of arrangement
  • owner is a company subject to winding up order under the Insolvency Act 1986 or being wound up voluntarily under that act
  • owner in administration or subject to an administration order
  • owner entitled to possession in their capacity as liquidator

If you think you are entitled to the relief, please contact us.