Landlord Benefits

Hammond Associates assist you with empty rate relief, legally and ethically.

We help you to reduce your costs with savings on empty property insurance, weekly inspections and security. It makes your empty property more lettable by enhancing the building’s appeal; by increasing footfall and improving the area, which in turn supports local businesses. We also provide positive PR to help you increase your profile within the local community.

Questions and Answers

How can I reduce my business rates liability?

Hammond Associates offer a tried and tested business rate mitigation scheme, that works with Charities in occupation of commercial property.

Yes, it is completely legal and ethical.

How long have the Charities you work with been in existence?

We work in partnership with established charities that have been in existence for at least 20 years.

What will it cost us?

There are no upfront charges. All fees are taken from savings generated. On average, you will save between 50% and 70% on your business rates.

Does the Charity pay the business rates?

Yes, they pay the rates at a reduced rate after the relevant reliefs have been applied.

Do Charities always receive Charitable Relief/Mandatory Rates Relief?

We have a 99.9% success rate.

Will I be liable if the Charity doesn’t get relief?

Yes, all rates are payable in the unlikely event that they don’t obtain relief.

Does the Charity pay rent?

They are contractually obliged to pay a peppercorn rent if requested.

Do the Charities occupy the premises?


Do the Charities use it for 43 days?

No, the charity will occupy it until the property is sold or let. We do not exploit the 43-day rule.

Do the Charities obtain Empty Property Rate Relief?

This is discretionary, if and when, they are entitled to empty rate relief, we make an application.

What type of properties do you use?

Any empty commercial property in a habitable state.

Can we still market the property?


How quickly can the Charity vacate if we let or sell the property?

Generally it is a is 30-day notice period.

Can we have access to carry out viewings, inspections and maintenance?

Yes – everything is quite flexible, and a win-win situation for you as a landlord and of course the charity.

How long does it take to set the arrangement up?

We can have a charity in situ within 24 hours, if required.