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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Payment of rates

This page is for landlords operating in Northern Ireland.  You can find advice for tenants elsewhere on our website. Private landlords in Northern Ireland can call Landlord Advice on 028 9024 5640 and choosing option 5. 

Payment of rates is an issue that can cause problems for both landlords and tenants. You need to be fully aware of who is liable for the payment of rates in any property that you let. If you own more than one rental property, it may be much simpler for you to bundle your properties into an agent account. These accounts entitle you to a discount on your annual rates bill. 

Failure to pay your rates can lead to court action, repossession and possibly bankruptcy.

Depending on the value of the property either the landlord or the tenant can be held liable for rates in a rented property. You should be very clear on who is liable for rates and should have procedures in place to ensure that these are paid. Rates must also be paid on properties which are vacant.

If you are liable for rates on your rental properties, you must ensure that payment is made promptly to LPS. Where the tenants are liable for rates, payment is there responsibility and there is no risk to you if the tenants do not pay the bills.

There are discounts available to landlords who accept responsibility for rates on more than one rental property.