Empty Rates in Milton Keynes
Unoccupied Property Rating
From the 1st April 2008
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 empty property rate.
The properties exempt from unoccupied property rate are:
Occupation prohibited by law
An unoccupied property is exempt where its owner is prohibited by law from occupying it or allowing it to be occupied. This situation may arise where the Council has taken legal action to prevent occupation on the grounds of a risk to health and/or safety
A building which is the subject of a building preservation notice, or which is included in a list of buildings of specific architectural or historic interest, is exempt
Exemption extends to property which are included in a schedule of monuments.
Minimum rateable value
Between 1st April 2009 and 31st March 2010 properties with a rateable value of less than £15,000 paid no empty rates even after the first three months have expired. This increased to affect properties with a rateable value less than £18000 between 1st April 2010 and 31st March 2011.
From 1st April 2011 this changed to properties with a rateable value of less than £2600.
Personal representatives of deceased persons
A property is exempt where the owner is entitled to possession only in his capacity as the personal representative of a deceased person.
Insolvency & debt administration
Exemption from liability on unoccupied property also applies in the following situations (where governed by the appropriate legislation):
Where there exists in respect of the owner's estate a bankruptcy order
Where the owner is entitled to possession of the property in his capacity as trustee under a deed of arrangement
Where the owner is a company which is subject to a winding up order or which is being wound up voluntarily
Where the owner is entitled to possession of the property in the capacity of a liquidator