Empty properties with a rateable value of less than £2,900 are exempt from empty property rates for the financial year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Properties in excess of this figure will be subject to the normal rules.
You will not have to pay Business Rates in the first three months that a property is empty and in certain industrial properties this can be extended to six months. After this period, Business Rates are then payable in full.
In most cases the unoccupied property rate for buildings that are owned by charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs will be zero.
Properties that are exempt from the Unoccupied Property Rates are:
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Business Rates Service
PO Box 72390
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Updated: 22 February 2018