If the property is only temporarily exempt for either 3 or 6 months, there are alternative methods to minimise the rates liability.
This is a common method for mitigating rates. After the initial 3 or 6 month rate relief period, if the property is then re-occupied for a minimum of six weeks, this allows the owner to claim another 3 or 6 month relief period when the property becomes vacant again.
We work with many trusted occupiers who have requirements for short term occupation of various types of property and can repeat this process as many times as necessary until the property is let on a long-term basis.
Charities as well as educational and religious establishments qualify automatically for 80% rate relief, which can increase to 100% at the discretion of the local authority. An owner may consider renting on a monthly rolling basis rent-free to substantially reduce their rates bill.