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Unoccupied property rating

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.

How it works

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:

  • Property unoccupied for a period of less than three months
  • Property where the law prohibits occupation
  • Property that is kept vacant by reason of action taken by the Crown, or any local authority or public body
  • Listed Buildings
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Properties with a Rateable Value less than £2,900
  • Property for which the person entitled to possession does so as a personal representative of a deceased person, a liquidator or trustee or where the owner is subject to bankruptcy proceedings

Contact Business Rates

Online: Make an enquiry
Telephone: 020 8891 7725
Fax: 020 8891 7934

Our address:

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Business Rates Service
PO Box 72390
SW18 9PP

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Updated: 09 November 2020

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