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Small Business Grant Eligibility

Small Business Grant Eligibility

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I have shop-keeper clients who pay rent to a landlord and business rates to the local Council.

By the same token, a number of my self-employed clients conduct their businesses in rented premises (offices and/or workshops).  They do not pay business rates, but only monthly or quarterly rent to a landlord, and presumably the landlord or owner of the premises pays business rates . Are these clients therefore disbarred from claiming the £10,000 Coronavirus grant?

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By GW
26th Mar 2020 13:57

You need to check if they are not paying business rates because the landlord is paying or alternatively they are not paying business rates because they are receiving 100% small business rates relief. If the second is the case they would have received rates bills along the lines rates due £1,000 less relief £1,000 payable Nil. If they get the relief then they are entitled to the grant.

You could check here to see how the premises appears on the valuation list:
https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates

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By Duggimon
26th Mar 2020 08:25

I don't think I have any clients who rent business premises without being responsible for any rates payments that are due.

Many of them don't pay rates, but not because the landlord pays them, that would be unusual, particularly in a commercial lease.

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By songb1rd
26th Mar 2020 12:15

Many thanks for your replies - very helpful and reassuring.

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By gazzo5000
26th Mar 2020 18:17

I don't know what the situation is in England, but in South Wales this evening application forms to claim the grants are appearing on local authority websites.

It's made us look a bit silly as we have told all clients not to bother the councils as they are going to get in touch with each business. That's what we had been told but as per normal that's not how it is now being operated.

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