What are business rates?
Business rates are charges that pay toward local services, like council tax, but are intended charges for solely commercial-use properties, such as self-catering holiday lets in this instance.
However, certain factors need to be in place to qualify for business rates on a holiday let.
What is the difference between council tax and business rates?
The difference is council tax impacts residential properties, whereas business rates affect commercial ones.
When your holiday property pays business rates, you are not required to pay council tax on it as it is being used for commercial purposes.
Do I have to pay council tax or business rates on my holiday home or holiday let?
If you have a holiday home you only use for yourself or your loved ones, then you only pay council tax.
When it comes to holiday lets, however, whether you pay business rates or not depends on how much time your property has been open commercially and actively used.
As of 2023, the UK Government re-evaluated business rates. This means you only pay business rates if your property has been open for short-term letting for at least 252 nights and let for at least 182 nights in a year. If you newly own a holiday let, but do not meet this criteria, you still must pay council tax until these conditions are met for business rates.
How are business rates calculated on a holiday let?
In the UK, business rates are determined through an estimate that varies depending on the location of your property as well as other important factors, such as property rateable value.
To estimate your holiday let business rates, begin by figuring out the rateable value of your property using GOV.UK’s business rates multiplier and calculator.
For England and Wales:
Type of multiplier you should use:
£51,000 or more
Small business multiplier
Your next steps will be to use your correct multiplier to multiply your property’s rateable value, which will show the amount you have to pay in business rates, without any relief deductions if not required.
If you are eligible for any business rate relief, take that off the amount given from your multiplier to give you an estimate of your overall business rates owed.
Benefits of furnished holiday lets
In the UK, there are attractive tax benefits to be had with furnished holiday lets.
The substantial amount of savings gathered from a furnished holiday let can go towards increasing wealth or investment in the property as a business asset.
Positive pension contributions
Positive pension contributions and tax advantages on your overall income generated from your furnished holiday let can be classed as ‘relevant earnings’ by the HMRC.
Business property relief
In some cases, furnished holiday lets will qualify for business rate relief and reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable if the property is bequeathed in either your lifetime or at the point of your death.
Furnished holiday lets allow you to claim capital allowances on furniture, furnishings and equipment purchased for your property. Things like cleaning products, maintenance costs and even your travel to and from the property can be classed as expenses too.
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Begin your holiday home ownership journey with Silverlake
Whether you want to own a holiday home for your own escape or are looking to get into holiday letting, the Silverlake team makes this simple.
Here at Silverlake, you have the opportunity to own a holiday home with stunning lakeside views in a prime location for Dorset holidays. You can enjoy views over the expansive nature reserve from your property with some of the best countryside views in the UK. At your home-from-home, you can reap all the tax advantages and benefits holiday living has to offer and more.
If you have any questions about getting started with a holiday home or holiday let, contact our property team today.
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