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Business Rates Mitigation: A Cautionary Tale

In this blog our specialist Rates Mitigation team would like to highlight a recent occurrence that we think vacant property owners across the nation, particularly those wanting to reduce or mitigate their Business Rates, should hear about.  The UK Supreme Court has just ruled on a landmark case involving two property developers, regarding unpaid Business …

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Internet Shopping, Business Rates and the End of the British High Street

If you’ve ventured onto the high street of any small town in Britain lately, you may have noticed a worrying trend that only seems to be spreading. Through a combination of factors, including the COVID pandemic, Britain’s high streets are dying out, with empty retail units standing in the place of once-thriving shops. But how …

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Tenants Vacating? How to Be Better Prepared

Tenants Vacating? How to Be Better Prepared No landlord – residential or otherwise – enjoys being faced with a vacant property; but for those in commercial property, there’s an extra pain point to consider. As we’ve discussed before on our blog, empty rates are a common blight for commercial landlords, who are essentially forced to …

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Pop Up Shops Have Helped Fill Vacant Properties – But There’s Still a Better Solution

Over the last few years, the pop up shop economy has become a staple of the high street; it’s no longer unusual to see small galleries, craft stores and even clearance sales setting up in vacant commercial properties, all in an attempt to keep them in use between long-term lets. The result is a symbiotic …

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Sooner Rather Than Later: Why it Pays to Be Prepared for Tenants Moving Out

No landlord – residential or otherwise – enjoys being faced with a vacant property; but for those in commercial property, there’s an extra pain point to consider. As we’ve discussed before on our blog, empty rates are a common blight for commercial landlords, who are essentially forced to pay for owning a vacant building. Unfortunately, …

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Nothing to Worry About: How FCS Relieves Empty Rates Pressure for Landlords

  Between retaining tenants and managing multiple properties, the life of a landlord is very rarely a calm one. There’s one area of the profession, however, that FCS believes should be free of stress: empty property rates. When your commercial property is empty, it’s only a matter of time before there are empty rates to …

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Empty Business Rates: What Are They, and How Can You Save Money on Them?

  Not being able to lease a commercial property is, unfortunately, a reality for landlords. In our current economic climate – and with Brexit looming large – it’s not always possible to find long-term occupants. As expected, when a commercial property is occupied, the tenant is obligated to pay business rates. But, did you know …

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