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Rateable Occupation

  • Michael Rayner
Chapter
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series

Abstract

We have seen that the person who is liable to pay rates is in normal circumstances the actual occupier of rateable property and in this chapter the concept of rateable occupation is set out and the rules explained. There is no statutory definition of rateable occupation and so it is necessary to look to the body of settled case law that has grown up over the years. There is a difference in rating law between legal possession and actual occupation; for example, a householder, while being the freehold owner of his house, may leave it standing empty; as long as he does this he will be in legal possession but not in actual occupation and thus not in rateable occupation. As the law has developed it has been possible to recognise and identify with some accuracy four essential ingredients of rateable occupation. These are that, to be rateable, the occupation shall be
  1. (1)

    actual

     
  2. (2)

    exclusive

     
  3. (3)

    beneficial

     
  4. (4)

    permanent.

     
All four of these ingredients must be present for rateable occupation to exist.

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© Michael Rayner 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Rayner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurveyingTrent PolytechnicUK

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