Welsh Government publishes outcome of empty property rates relief consultation

Released 13 January 2021

The Welsh Government has published an outcome summary of its consultation on empty property rates relief.

The consultation contained a proposal requiring properties to be occupied for a period of six months (instead of the current 42 days) before an owner can claim a further period of empty property rates relief once the property is vacated, after the initial period of three or six months relief.

The Welsh Government says it will proceed with the proposal to tackle avoidance of empty property rates but delay implementation until 1 April 2022, a year later than proposed in the consultation. This will allow businesses and other ratepayers adequate time to prepare for the changes and for the Government to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on local property markets.

Further information can be found out https://gov.wales/empty-property-rates-relief.

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