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How to become a property guardian

How to become a property guardian

For many people looking for a place to live, becoming a property guardian could be the best course of action. However, not everybody knows exactly what the process entails, or even what property guardianship is. In our comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the following questions: What is a property guardian? Why become a property guardian? Who […]

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Vacant Property Insurance vs Property Guardians: Which is right for me?

Vacant Property Insurance vs Property Guardians: Which is right for me?

Whether you’re going travelling and leaving your home empty, or your business’ office space is going to be renovated, there are plenty of reasons your building could be left unoccupied for a lengthy period of time. However, “out of sight, out of mind” simply doesn’t apply to your most valuable possession, and it’s vital you […]

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How to avoid business rates on empty property

How to avoid business rates on empty property

Under the 2007 Rating (Empty Properties) Act, most commercial property owners are subject to empty property business rates after just three months of their building becoming vacant. These are payable on any occupiable non-domestic properties, such as shops, offices, and industrial buildings. With commercial property vacancies at a four year high—one in 10 UK shops […]

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Is the recent budget good for business rates?

Is the recent budget good for business rates?

George Osborne’s recent budget caused a storm of controversy for many reasons, but what effect will it have on business rates? The government is always keen to appear pro-business, and reforms to make business rates work for businesses would be a sure-fire way to do this. Many reforms to business rates were announced in the […]

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How British councils are benefitting from business rates

How British councils are benefitting from business rates

According to government reports published in February, business rates are set to boost local council funds by £23.5 billion over the next year. This is a record rise, and marks a £400 million increase on last year. Marcus Jones, the minister for local government, has stated that this has come about due to the nationwide […]

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Check, Challenge, Appeal – Could the Enterprise Bill Ensure A Fairer Business Rates System?

Check, Challenge, Appeal – Could the Enterprise Bill Ensure A Fairer Business Rates System?

In the Government’s proposed Enterprise Bill, significant changes have been made to the appeals system for business rates. Many business groups have been calling for root and branch business rates appeal reform for some time due to huge delays occurring in the past. Currently, appealing business rates is a free but multifaceted process. As can […]

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Councils to be reassessed for business rates shakeup

Councils to be reassessed for business rates shakeup

Levels of need in council areas will be re-evaluated as part of the planned devolution of business rates to authorities, it has been revealed. Stuart Hoggan, deputy director of local government finance reform and settlement, confirmed a new way to assess need would be developed as part of the redistribution system for retention and called […]

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The Devolution of Business Rates Could Prompt Competition Between Councils

The Devolution of Business Rates Could Prompt Competition Between Councils

In November we reported on how British business groups had been issuing warnings to the Government about the devolution of business rates. Their primary concern was that the move seemed to signal that the Government was giving up on a radical overhaul of business rates. However, experts are now warning that the devolution of business […]

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Business rates devolution won’t help say British business groups

Business rates devolution won’t help say British business groups

Numerous British business groups have been delivering warnings to the Government regarding the recently proposed business rates changes. As we discussed in a recent blog, George Osborne has unveiled a radical new business rates plan that allows councils to have full control over rates in their area. Some have interpreted these latest developments as a […]

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Permitted Development Rights Are Now Permanent

Permitted Development Rights Are Now Permanent

Temporary permitted development rights were introduced for the first time in 2013. They have since enabled scores of offices around the country to be converted into residential buildings without the need for planning permission. This has meant that developers have been free to convert underused or vacant commercial spaces into new homes without the usual […]

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