Non-domestic rates fresh start relief

From 1 April 2018 the Fresh Start Relief scheme offers 100% relief for up to 1 year for new occupation (i.e. new owner, tenant or sub tenant) of all categories of property that have been continuously empty for at least 6 months. The relief can be applied if the following circumstances are all met for the property:

  • The property has previously been in receipt of empty property relief for a continuous period of at least 6 months; and
  • The property has a rateable value of under £65,000.

For new occupations up until 31 March 2018, the relief is restricted to 50% and the property had to have been in receipt of empty relief for at least 1 year prior to the new occupation. The relief was further restricted to certain types of property use: retail shop, office, hotel, pubs or restaurant premises.

Properties used for payday lending, as defined by the regulations, may not be granted fresh start rates relief. If you wish to apply, please download a Fresh Start Relief application form.