Landlord With Empty Premises? FAQ

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If you have any questions regarding business rates liability in empty commercial premises or seek advice on the many so called Business Rates Mitigation schemes then send your enquiry to info@hammondassociates.org and it will be directed to the relevant professional.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I reduce my business rates liability? – Hammond Associates offer a tried and tested business rate saving scheme using Charities in occupation of commercial property.

Is the Hammond scheme legal? – 100% legal and ethical.

How long has the Charity been in existence? – The main charities with whom we work have been in existence for at least 20 years.

What does it cost us? – There are no upfront charges. All fees are taken from savings generated. On average you will save between 56% – 70% on your business rates.

Does the Charity pay the business rates? – Yes, they pay the rates at the reduced rate after the relevant reliefs have been applied.

Does the Charity pay rent? – They are contractually obliged to pay a peppercorn rent if requested.

Do the Charities occupy the premises? – Yes.

Do the Charities use it for 43 days? – No, the charity will occupy it until the property is sold or let, we do not exploit the 43-day rule.

Do the Charities obtain Empty Property Rate Relief? – When they are entitled to empty rate relief we make the application, it is discretionary.

Do they always get Charitable Relief/ Mandatory Rates Relief? – We have a 99.9% success rate.

Will I be liable if the Charity doesn’t get relief? – Yes, all rates will be payable in the unlikely event that they don’t obtain relief.

How quickly can the Charity leave if we let or sell the property? – We have a 30-day notice period but can be flexible.

What kind of property do you use? – Any empty commercial property in a habitable state.

Can we still market the property? – Yes.

Can we have access to carry out viewings, inspections and maintenance? – Yes.

How long does it take to set the arrangement up? – We can have a charity in situ within 24 hours, if required.

Hammond Associate can help you every step of the way with all affairs regarding empty property rates relief.