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Empty Property: Rates and Rating

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who is liable to pay empty property rates; and who is eligible for exemption from empty property rates. (193759)

Section 45 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 provides that owners of empty non-domestic properties are liable to pay non-domestic rates unless the property falls within a class prescribed by regulation 4 of the Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) Regulations 2008 No. 386, which was laid before Parliament on the 26 February 2008.