Empty properties

Changes to Empty Property Relief in Midlothian from 1 April 2024

Our Non-Domestic Rates Empty Property Relief Policy is changing. If you’re currently receiving Empty Property Relief, this will end on 31 March 2024 and from 1 April 2024 the full rates charge will apply.

The exception to this is properties declared empty after 1 January 2024. These properties will receive 3 months of 50% rates relief. For example, relief awarded on 1 February 2024 will end on 30 April 2024 and then full rates charge will apply.

What this means for Non-Domestic Rates properties that become empty after 1 April 2024

Eligible empty premises will receive 50% rates relief for 3 months. When this 3 month period ends, the full rates charge will apply. This relief will be applied from the date the property was first identified as empty. 

Further information

  • There is no right of appeal to the Non-Domestic Rates Empty Property Relief Policy change.
  • Business properties where occupation is “prohibited by law” will continue to receive 100% Non-Domestic Rates relief.
  • The Non-Domestic Rates empty property relief is awarded to the property and not the business. This means the relief applies from the date the property was declared empty, irrespective of a change in owner or tenant.
  • A minimum 6-month occupancy will be required before we’ll consider a new application for empty property relief.
  • Read Empty Property Relief policy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any further questions related to the upcoming changes to Empty Property relief from 1 April 2024 email ndremptyproperties@edinburgh.gov.uk.

If your query is about a specific property in Midlothian then please remember to include the address and 6 digit Non-Domestic Rates account number in your email.

Up until 31 March 2024 our existing Empty Property Relief Policy will continue to apply

If non-domestic (business) properties are unoccupied, the Council can grant 

  • 50% relief of rates for a maximum of 3 months
  • 10% relief of rates when properties remain empty longer than 3 months.


Certain categories may be exempt from the 90% property charge. These are properties

  • prohibited by law from occupation
  • which are under compulsory purchase
  • with a rateable value of less than £1,700
  • which are listed buildings or have a preservation order
  • where the person entitled to possession is a trust for sequestration, liquidation or executors.

If a property is unoccupied from 1 April 2016 and is an industrial building with no retail element, the Council can grant 

  • 100% relief for a maximum of 6 months
  • 10% relief for longer than 6 months.

Unless you have already notified us that your property is unoccupied we cannot give an exemption. To notify us complete the empty property relief application form.

Download the Empty Property Relief form (DOCX)

To apply for empty property exemption, complete the empty property exemption form.

Download the Empty Property Exemption form (DOCX)

Help to promote your vacant property to tenants

If you are the landlord of a vacant property and would like assistance to market it to prospective tenants please email our Economic Development Service: