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House of Commons Hansard
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Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property
26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) commercial and (b) industrial hereditaments in receipt of empty property relief there were of hereditament rateable value of (i) below £2,201, (ii) between £2,201 and £5,000, (iii) between £5,001 and £10,000, (iv) between £10,001 and £15,000 and (v) over £15,000 in (A) 2006-07, (B) 2007-08 and (C) 2008-09; and what the monetary value was of the empty property relief granted to properties in each such category in each such year; [301888]

(2) how many (a) commercial and (b) industrial hereditaments in receipt of empty property relief there were of hereditament rateable value of (i) below £2,201, (ii) between £2,201 and £5,000, (iii) between £5,001 and £10,000, (iv) between £10,001 and £15,000 and (v) over £15,000 before the (A) application of the £15,000 rateable value empty property rates exemption and (B) with the application of the £15,000 exemption; and what the monetary value was of empty property between relief granted to properties in each such category in each of those periods;

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) commercial and (b) industrial hereditaments in receipt of empty property relief of a hereditament rateable value of (i) below £2,201, (ii) between £2,201 and £5,000, (iii) between £5,001 and £10,000, (iv) between £10,001 and £15,000 and (v) over £15,000 in 2010-11; and what the monetary value of empty property relief granted to properties is in each category in that year.

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The information is not collected by the Department for Communities and Local Government. However, we have granted all empty properties with rateable values of up to £15,000 eligibility for full relief from business rates in 2009-10. As 70 per cent. of all properties fall below this threshold this temporary relief is providing real help to ratepayers trying to manage short term pressures in a difficult property market.