Business rates will not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties.
After this period rates are payable in full unless the unoccupied property rate has been reduced by the Government by order. In most cases the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs. In addition, there are a number of exemptions from the unoccupied property rate. Full details on exemptions can be obtained from the local authority.
Empty property relief is available to the owner - in this case the person entitled to possession of the property in question.