You may be able to get relief if your property is empty and unused. Empty business properties are exempt from business rates for the first three months that they are empty. Industrial and warehouse properties qualify for a further three months exemption from business rates. After that, full business rates are normally payable. This is to provide a positive incentive to bring vacant shops, offices, factories and warehouses back into use. From 1 April 2017 the rateable value threshold below which empty properties are exempt from rates is £2,900.