FREE Landlords Report

Free Landlords Report
Email Marketing by WP Autoresponder
We respect your privacy and will only use your personal information for the purpose of sending you information from Guardians of London.


I bought an old pub which I’m developing for buy-to-let. I was looking for a cost-effective solution to leaving the building empty and unprotected, as I was very worried about damage from vandals and squatters. A friend had used Guardians of London before and highly recommended your service. Since I got in touch, you quickly secured my building by placing a number of guardians inside to protect it. It cost me so much less than having to board it up and I don’t have any sleepless nights anymore. Cheers!
Tony Compton - Enfield

Can I save money on business rates for my empty property?

In England and Wales, from the date a property is vacated, the ratepayer is normally liable to pay 100% business rates after an initial void rates period. The void period is three months except for industrial properties where it is six months. There are limited exceptions, e.g. empty listed buildings are exempt from business rates while empty. In Scotland, 50% rates are payable after three months for most properties, but no rates are payable on industrial properties while they remain unoccupied.

There are a number of ways of mitigating the cost of unoccupied property business rates. Guardians of London are now offering a rates mitigation service, where we can provide advice to landlords on how you can save money on your business rates.

This can be done in a number of ways: intermittent occupation, allowing a charity to use your premises or, in extreme cases, stripping-out or demolishing a vacant building to render it incapable of economic repair. For part-occupied properties, steps can be taken to obtain rates relief in respect of the vacant part.

If you want to find out more, get in touch. Call: 0203 463 9787 or email: