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Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will use her powers under the Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007 to reintroduce the pre-April 2008 regime of empty property business rate relief. (273571)

In the 2008 pre-Budget-report, the Government announced a temporary measure for the 2009-10 business rates year, raising the threshold at which rates on empty property become liable from £2,200 to £15,000. Seventy per cent. of properties have a rateable value below £15,000, and if empty, will benefit from this measure.

The Government have no current plans to make further changes to empty property rate relief introduced from 1 April 2008. However, as with all taxes, we will keep the position under review. Decisions on taxes are a matter for the Chancellor.