Empty or Vacant Properties
Since 2008, the liabilities of empty properties have increased significantly following the Government’s decision to remove almost all of the previously available reliefs.
In England, empty properties are now subject to full rates payments after a three-month time period, except for warehousing/industrial properties which enjoy a six months void rates window. Different rules apply particularly in Wales and Scotland where full rates are payable for six months for empty properties before mitigation can be used.
Whilst the legislation and relevant case law should be applied uniformly across the relevant country, this frequently doesn’t occur, requiring expert knowledge and guidance. We have a successful track record in ensuring that any liabilities for vacant buildings are mitigated to the fullest extent.
We also represent clients at Magistrates Courts to help them achieve an appropriate result.
Additionally, we examine the condition of vacant properties subject to any liability. We have had significant successes in reducing liabilities of existing buildings to zero where disrepair occurs within properties.
If you would like any advice on your empty property and its liabilities, please contact one of our experts below.