15:25 PM, 12th May 2021, About 3 years ago 3
We had commercial shop premises available for lease in February 2020. Our agent found a prospective tenant and heads of terms went to solicitors with a completion date of 27th March 2020. The Welsh Assembly (in line with the other 3 home nations) put Wales into full lockdown on the 23rd March 2020 and therefore put a delay on completion of the lease.
After the 19th June 2020 when lockdown restrictions begin to ease our solicitors worked towards completing this lease, and we finally completed on the 9th July 2020.
Our issue is that our local council has sent an invoice for empty property rates for the above dates totalling just under £2000, we have appealed and requested that this does not seem fair, and ultimately the local authority has not upheld our appeal or complaint. Apparently, our only options are:
1. To ask for a judicial review
2. Appeal to the local authority ombudsman
Apparently, the Welsh assembly has made no financial directives towards this issue of commercial properties being forced to remain empty during lockdown restrictions.
Do we just roll over and accept this treatment or anyone with any experience or thoughts on this?
Other viewpoints are welcomed!