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Landlord rates discount deadline approaching

11 September 2019

Landlords should ensure they pay their rates bill in full by Monday 30 September 2019 in order to receive their relevant discount

If you are responsible for the rates on one or more rental properties, which are occupied by tenants, you may be entitled to an allowance of 10 per cent, which is paid by way of a discount off your rate bill.

Land & Property Services (LPS) is reminding landlords who have an Article 20 or Article 21 account that their bills should be paid in full by Monday 30 September 2019 in order to receive the respective reduction on their bill.

If you usually pay by cheque there are easier and more convenient ways of paying. You can pay online or by phone on 0300 200 7801 and chose option 1. Both of these options are available 24/7.

Are you eligible?
Article 20 accounts are where a rented domestic property has an assessed capital value of £150,000 or less and it is the landlord that is liable for the rates.

For properties with a higher value (above £150,000) the tenant will be liable for rates unless the landlord has signed up to a formal agreement with the department to pay rates on the property, in which case Article 21 applies.

The discount is only awarded when an Article 20 or 21 landlord pays in full by 30 September on their landlord rate bill. This allowance does not include their residential address, second homes or personal holiday homes. For properties where the tenant is currently liable for the rates, the landlord can sign up to a formal agreement with the department under Article 21 of the rating legislation, for them to pay the rates on the property.

Landlords are advised to allow a minimum of five working days for any payment to reach LPS and five working days for any payment made via the Post Office. If LPS does not receive full payment by Monday 30 September 2019 the allowance will not be awarded.

Rate arrears
LPS continues to actively pursue landlords with rates arrears. LPS is willing to assist any landlord in financial difficulty by agreeing mutually acceptable payment arrangements that could allow a discount to be awarded for current year rates.

Landlords having difficulty paying their rate bill should contact LPS as soon as possible by telephoning 0300 200 7801. It may be possible to discuss alternative payment arrangements to avoid LPS taking legal debt recovery action.

See rates on rental properties: responsibility and landlord allowance.