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Business Rates Mitigation – New High Court Judgement

A High Court judgement has been given that temporary occupation of a vacant warehouse via the installation of a functioning bluetooth advertising server by a third party commercial operator, meets the legal tests of rateable occupation.

Recently in a different case the High Court dealt a substantial blow to ratepayers using charities as a means of mitigating rates liabilities on empty buildings. The latest High Court ruling means that empty rates cost management by means of a temporary occupation using a commercial mobile marketing operator (bluetooth/Wi-Fi) is completely legal.

For further information on mitigating your empty property business rates liability, please contact Graham Hulse.

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