If your property is not capable of beneficial occupation – for instance, if it is in poor condition
or lacks toilets – your valuation officer may judge that it should be taken out of the rating list altogether.
You cannot, by law, damage the property for the purposes of avoiding rates.
Does not require occupation
Savings of up to 100% of Rates payable
Strategy can run indefinitely
Obtrusive – inhibits marketing
Cost of implementation and repair
Decision to remove a property is at the council’s discression
Any legal challenge is made against the the landlord –
hence adverse publicity