Short Term Occupation
If the six week occupation rule is being used on a repeated basis; to comply with regulations it must be established that 'beneficial occupation is taking place'. Conversely, it must also be established that after the six weeks plus occupation has ceased, that the property has returned to its empty status.
A visiting officer will be sent to confirm occupation and also to confirm vacation.
If the council is not informed within a reasonable timescale, it maybe that the occupation period is charged for a longer time. Awarding an empty status to a property and hence the exemption, could also be delayed.
Tel: 01279 655261 Ext 7223
Business Rates Section
East Herts Council