Empty Property Relief: Local Authority Policy

Scottish Government has from 1 April 2023 devolved responsibility for the formulation of policy governing the administration of Empty Property Relief for vacant non-domestic properties to individual local authorities. It is the responsibility of each individual local authority to put in place a policy for properties within its area.

Moray Council's Corporate Committee considered on 31 January 2023 a report which proposed a local Empty Property Relief policy. This report can be found here and its appendix can be found here. The committee implemented this report.

The local policy which was agreed makes provision for the following reliefs:

  • 50% reduction for a three month period for a vacant property cleared of movable items;
  • 10% reduction for a vacant property vacant for over three months which has been cleared of moveable items;
  • exemption for a six month period for vacant industrial properties, followed by 10% vacant property relief;

Exemption from the payment of rates for the following cases:

  • property whose ratepayer is bankrupt or has been liquidated or has been sequestrated;
  • property whose ratepayer is a company which is being wound up;
  • property whose ratepayer is deceased;
  • property which is subject to a local authority Order prohibiting occupancy;
  • property which is subject to a compulsory purchase Order;
  • property which is a Listed Building;
  • property with a rateable value of up to £1,700;
  • empty land;

The local policy makes no provision for Empty Property relief for Shooting Rights.

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