Empty Property Rates Relief

Vacant property rates create a significant cost burden on landlords – exactly when the property is
not generating any revenue. This cost can divert budget away from other essential expenditure such
as security, insurance and maintenance.

Secure Empty Property work with specialist partners to deliver a proven empty property rates
mitigation and reduction services which has been proven with over 300 properties, accepted by over
70 councils and has a 100% track record of legal successes. Our service offers the best savings to the
landlord with minimal disruption and is suitable for all retail, commercial, office or industrial units.

Typical cost saving comparison after all fees of alternative empty property rates relief techniques
can be summarised:

Assume Annual Rates payable: £61,440

12 weeks Saving 52 weeks Saving
1 Full rates £14,140 £61,272
2 Intermediate occupation £10,142 28% £30,425 50%
3 Charity occupation & Hubs £5,617 60% £22,058 64%
4 Charity exhibition £5,617 60% £16,851 72%
5 Members Voluntary Liquidation £4,242 30% £18,361 30%
6 Secure Empty Property solution £2,828 80% £12,254 80%

It is important to consider the implications to the property of each alternative – disruption, access, problems marketing the site, management time etc. We can summarise these issues below.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements free of charge and without commitment.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
1. Intermediate occupation Small cost savings Paperwork every 6 months
Pay 6-week full rates each period
Disruption & access required
2. Charity occupation Significant cost saving Footfall in property
Inflexible as 3rd party lease required
Payment to charity
3. Charity exhibition Significant cost saving
Reduces 6-week rate period
Intermittent or constant occupation
Disruption & access required
Site H&S and utilities required
4. Guardians Low cost to landlord Requires a change of use
Cost to make habitable and revert
Inflexible for short-term voids
Separate Insurance required
Footfall in property
5. Members Voluntary Liquidation Significant cost saving
No occupancy requirements
Bureaucratic setup procedure
Only applicable to large premises
Start-up date often ill-defined
6. Secure Empty Property solution Greatest cost saving
Effective England & Wales
Footfall in property only 2-3 days PA
Site H&S and utilities not necessary

Services We Offer

A broken window can lead to a costly squatting problem unless speedy and appropriate action is taken. Secure Empty Property teams provide rapid response to minimise risk – nationwide.

This ranges from security installation through to alarm response 24-hours a day with satellite tracked vehicles. However, we take this further by providing a rapid response to customer enquiries, site surveys and security proposals to ensure that we can react to every requirement.

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Monitored 24/7 with recorded capture of individual’s entry and exit times.

Secure Empty Property has developed its own unique ‘Ultra’ GPRS/GSM signalling temporary intruder alarm system which meets BSEN 50131 for Intruder Alarm Systems Grade 2 /Class 2.

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Unique access control providing you with an efficient same day visual and physical deterrent to intruders.

Our modular range of security screens with bespoke high security fixings and interchangeable security doors gives us the required flexibility to secure any type of residential or commercial property.

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The presence of a uniformed guard or alarm response team will immediately deter any unwanted vandalism, squatters, trespassers or unauthorised visitors.

As experts in empty property management we can provide different levels of guarding and manned security from a single uniformed guard to multiple personnel or K9 dog patrols at very short notice throughout the UK.

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Following a specialist risk assessment of the property, a full range property clearance and on-going security services can be deployed quickly and nationwide.

Removal and recycling of unwanted items in an empty property or site can come in many forms. From a simple change of tenancy flat or house clearance through to removal of hazardous waste or fly-tipping, Secure Empty Property can help.

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Live-in Guardians are a cost effective alternative to traditional guarding and can complement Secure Empty Property’s physical and electronic security responses.

Property guardians live normal working lives. They provide free of charge protection and give a lived-in feel to the building – residential or commercial. We can also install an alarm system to the vacant property for additional security when the guardian is out at work.

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When a property is in our care, we provide much more than just security.

We can support the landlord or asset manager with a wide range of planned and responsive / emergency services – nationwide. We take the headache out of managing property portfolios by providing a one-stop-shop for all maintenance, repairs and facilities management. And we ensure compliance with your property insurers policy conditions for vacant property.

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