Empty rates mitigation

After the initial statutory exemption, following the vacation of a commercial property, has been eroded the rate payer will be liable for 100% empty rates.

At Cluttons we have various legal strategies which we can employ on your behalf to mitigate your financial liability.

This can be a complex area, but our in-depth knowledge, experience, and proactive approach will quickly identify an empty rates strategy that is right for your business.

Working for occupiers, developers, and landlords across the UK, we operate across office, retail and industrial and logistics sectors.

We also specialise in licensed and leisure properties, education, charities, central and local, and national government properties and infrastructure.

No two jobs are the same. By working closely with you, we dig deep, taking time to understand your business needs and reviewing different options.

Through our mitigation services we closely assess your properties to establish whether your liabilities are accurate.

If they aren’t, we aim to alleviate them through our tried and tested empty rates strategies to maximise savings.

100+

properties under intermittent occupation at any time

65%+

savings achievable against annual liability

£1m

intermittent occupation rates savings per annum

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