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Who is required to pay business rates?

The organisation or person trading from the property is normally responsible for paying the non-domestic rates bill

 
If you move into, or become responsible for paying business rates on a property, please let us know as soon as possible. This will enable us to bill you promptly and to ensure that you claim any relief that you may be entitled to. Please print off and complete the incoming ratepayer form to the right of the page. Alternatively you can call us or email us with the details.

If the property is empty, the owner or leaseholder is still responsible for payment of business rates, although the amount of rates chargeable will vary according to circumstances and the nature of the business carried out at the premises.
 
Sometimes a tenant may have a rent agreement with their landlord that states it is inclusive of rates. However under rating legislation, we must bill the occupier and it is their responsibility to ensure that payment is made.