Responses to Welsh consultation on empty property rates relief reforms published

The Welsh Government has published the results from its recent consultation on proposals to extend the current 42 days occupation period to either three or six months before landlords can claim empty property rates relief.

In total, 27 responses were received to the consultation. The focus of responses was split between commenting on the technical aspect of the Draft Regulations and providing a policy viewpoint on the workings of Empty Property Rates Relief more widely. Responses also focused on current economic conditions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

The consultation received responses from a range of stakeholders, including individuals, local government representatives, groups representing ratepayers, individual businesses and professional bodies.

You can read the full responses here: Wales Empty Rate Consultation Response

Following the consultation, the Welsh Government now intends to progress on its reforms with the intention to tackle avoidance of empty property rates but delay implementation until 1 April 2022.