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FOI 11946

Business Rates

Request

I am undertaking research on behalf of a commercial property agent who specialises in sourcing empty commercial properties for small to
medium sized businesses and national, regional and local charities.


Could you please therefore provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Details of all current empty commercial properties within your
authority which includes Shops, Office and Industrial premises, if
possible on an excel spreadsheet containing the following information:

• Property Billing Reference
• Property Type
• Rateable Value
• Property Vacant Date
• Property Address
• Liable Party Name
• Liable Party Correspondence Address

Due to the Data Protection Act, I understand that where the liable
party (account holder) is an individual you will be unable to supply
me with their details.

My client has a proven track record of being able to source tenants
for landlords and as a result have also been able to assist landlords
by ensuring their properties are occupied and therefore less likely to
be targeted by vandals, squatters and other criminal activity. This
also helps the local economy by bringing new business and employment
to the area.

Response

At present the Revenue and Benefit Section is undergoing a complete system conversion, which means that I cannot provide up-to-date information. I would apologise for any inconvenience caused.

You may wish to note that we are due to go ‘live’ at the end of this month, after which the relevant information should start to become available. Please feel free to email me directly at the end of January/beginning of February to check the situation prior to submitting any further requests