West Ham United has yet to hand over a penny in business rates for its London Stadium home.
Some 16 months after settling into what was called Olympic Stadium, the body responsible for setting UK business rates is yet to decide whether the Premier League club must pay anything, the Press Association first reported.
Earlier this year it was revealed that West Ham only had to pay rates on retail and office space it lets, rather than the entire stadium. This left landlord E20 Stadium to foot the remainder of annual £2.3m business rate bill.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) said it is still in the process of apportioning rates between West Ham and E20 Stadium – a joint venture between publicly-funded London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and Newham Council.
Should the VOA be of the opinion that West Ham United’s occupation meets the necessary tests of occupation required for separate assessment, following consultation with the ratepayer, any necessary alterations will be made.
West Ham United has been approached for comment.