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.


properties under intermittent occupation at any time


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Related news & opinion


Businesses must act now or face losing thousands in rates savings dating back to 1 April 2017

With a global pandemic to deal with, accelerating structural changes particularly in retail, business owners have been hit hard, despite recent Government pledges and rate reliefs.

With the online sales tax consultation now closed, what can we expect, and will it happen any time soon?

Rishi Sunak was plauded by most for responding so quickly to support small businesses as Covid hit. But what a shame the years of campaigning didn’t trigger a revolutionary business rates consultation before an unprecedented global pandemic hit an already underperforming high street retail and shopping centre sector.

Spring statement 2022 comments

On Wednesday 23 March 2022, the Chancellor gave the Spring Statement to Parliament. Here, our residential and commercial teams highlight key points, and the potential impact on the UK property market.

The Trojan Horse of more frequent revaluations

The Local Government Finance Act 1988 introduced 5 yearly rating revaluations, the first being 1990 and this quinquennial cycle continued until 2010.

Changes to the retail relief scheme

The British Retail Consortium have reported that there has been a growth in high street retail sales from April to June rising 28.4% from a year ago and up 10.4% from 2019.

COVID-19 MCC Appeals Ruled out by government

It has been reported by HM Treasury that government will legislate against appeals citing COVID-19 as a material change in circumstances (MCC).

Empty rate solutions: Opportunities to reduce the business rate on an empty property

If you are currently holding any vacant commercial property where your initial period of relief has been eroded or you are aware that you will be faced with an empty rate liability soon, it is important that you plan for this and maximise any savings available to you.

Does the budget go far enough on business rates?

The Chancellor delivered his budget for recovery this week. As expected, there was some help for business ratepayers, but not as much as was needed.

How will the budget affect business rate relief?

The current business rates holiday has provided businesses, many of whom have been forced to close or suffered a significant impact on their income, with the means to fight for their survival.

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Ryan Jones

Partner – head of rating (north)

T +44 (0) 161 521 5570

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