Letting Out Annex via Airbnb?

Letting Out Annex via Airbnb?

8:16 AM, 10th August 2018, About 6 years ago 2

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I recently purchased a converted barn, which has a two bedroom adjoining annex with internal access via the main house plus its own front door, kitchen and bathroom. I pay one council tax bill for the property as a whole.

If I wanted to rent it out via Airbnb, or a.n.other holiday letting company do I need permission, or to pay extra council tax etc.? I am aware of 140 day limit re: business rates and do not want to share my home with strangers for more than 140 days of the year.

A local architect firm, employed for other reasons, advises me I do not need permission to let out via Airbnb. However, I’ve since asked another planning company and they disagree. Stating planning is needed for full residential use – which I already have?!

I am very confused and do not want to speak to the council until I am clearer on the situation for fear of them doubling my council tax!

Any advice is gratefully received!


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11:02 AM, 10th August 2018, About 6 years ago

We had an annex built many years ago and had a huge battle - not with the council but with the Revenue. They wanted double banding and insisted that a kitchen qualified it as a separate dwelling, so we took the kitchen out. Not the solution you want or need and it may well have changed. I would do a lot more research before you go into this as I could backfire pretty badly.

Jerry stone

11:16 AM, 10th August 2018, About 6 years ago

This is an interesting matter and the Planning law is a little hazy on it.
I am currently dealing with a identical matter where the Council took the view that it needed permission and we argued it did not.
The lead case on this is Moore vs Suffolk Coastal.
The maine issue to be aware of is that you do not do anything wrong if you do it without planning permission. It's only that they may ask you to apply at a later date.
Then you apply. If you want some help or advice drop me a line.
The 140 days only applies in london

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