If you are vacating a property or moving an existing business out of East Lothian and wish to apply for empty property relief, it is important that you notify us immediately. You can do so by completing the form below.

How we use the information you provide.

a. Your Details

Please note that fields marked * are required.

In order that we can deal with your enquiry quickly and fully, please provide as much information as you can. Failure to provide all of the information requested may result in a delay and we may need to contact you again for more information.

Full name of person completing form *

Position within the business

Your correspondence address and postcode

Daytime telephone number *

Your email address *

b. Business Details

Business/Organisation name *

Business/Organisation address and postcode *

Business/Organisation telephone number *

Business/Organisation email address *

Do you currently own or lease the property? *
Yes  No  

Will you continue to own or lease the property after vacating? *
Yes  No  

If you lease the property, when does the lease expire?

If you lease the property, please complete section c. Otherwise, skip to section d.

c. Owner Details

Owner's title and full name

Owner's correspondence address and postcode

Owner's daytime telephone number

Owner's email address

d. Property Details

Date property was vacated *

Property selling date or tenancy end date, if different from above

Is the property empty? *
Yes  No  

If yes, please confirm the date the property became empty

Have all moveable fixtures and fittings been removed from the property? *
Yes  No  

If yes, please confirm the date this happened

If no, please provide details of the moveable fixtures and fittings which remain

Is the property a listed building, per the Town & County Planning (Scotland) Act 1972? *
Yes  No  

What are the future intentions for use of the property?

Is the property industrial?
Yes  No  

* If the property is industrial, please complete section e. Otherwise, skip to section f.

e. Industrial properties

When last occupied/used, was the property used for one of the following purposes:

When last occupied/used, were goods or services paid for on the premises?
Yes  No  

Were there any payment(s) of cash/credit made on the premises?
Yes  No  

If you have answered yes to either of the above, please provide details

f. Additional Information

Any additional information you would like to provide

I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the information given on this form is true and correct. I understand that it is an offence to knowingly make a false declaration. I understand that enquiries may be made to verify the information given and that this may include inspection of the property. If awarded relief, I will inform the business rates team of any change in circumstances affecting the amount of business rates payable.

In addition to periodic reviews of entitlement, applicants/beneficiaries must notify the Council of any material changes likely to affect relief. The Declaration incorporates an undertaking to this effect and applicants are warned that retrospective withdrawal of relief is possible (up to 24 months) if investigation reveals that relief has continued in circumstances outwith the Council's qualifying criteria.