Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a furnished holiday let?

A Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) is a property that must meet strict HMRC rules so that it can qualify for beneficial tax treatment.

There are special tax rules for rental income from properties that qualify as furnished holiday lettings (FHLs).

If you let properties that qualify as FHLs:

  • you can claim Capital Gains Tax reliefs for traders (Business Asset Rollover Relief, Entrepreneurs’ Relief, relief for gifts of business assets and relief for loans to traders)
  • you’re entitled to plant and machinery capital allowances for items such as furniture, equipment and fixtures
  • the profits count as earnings for pension purposes

To benefit from these rules, you need to work out the profit or loss from your FHLs separately from any other rental business.

Here we look at the basic points needed to meet FHL criteria.

  • Your holiday let property needs to be located in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). There’s no specific HMRC conditions on the type or style of property.
  • The property must be let out to paying guests with the aim of making a profit. It is the intent that is most important here rather than the actual outcome.
  • Your holiday home will need to be fully furnished to a good standard and ready to accept guests.
  • The property must be available for letting as a furnished holiday let accommodation for at least 210 days in the year.
  • You must actually let the property to paying guests for at least 105 days in the year out of the 210 days it was available.
  • Generally speaking only lets of 31 days continuous duration or less qualify. If lets of more than 31 days do occur there should not be more than 155 days of this type of longer term occupation each year.

You may like to visit our Furnished Holiday Let Tax page which provides more in depth facts about the tax aspects.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Choosing a mortgage is an important financial decision and it’s easier with someone who’s on your side. We work as a whole of market mortgage broker so that you get the best possible choice of mortgages.

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DRAKE MORTGAGES ARE EXPERT BUY TO LET MORTGAGE BROKERS

We are perfectly placed to help you find a buy to let mortgage solution that matches your property needs for individuals, families, investors, landlords and Limited Companies.

buy to let mortgages

We are experienced whole of market brokers who can help you get a great holiday let mortgage.

We can also give you access to exclusive schemes and some specialist lenders who don’t deal direct with borrowers. Loans are available to individuals and SPV’s upto 75% and we can help with Scottish properties, mixed use, multi-lets and Airbnb.

Our holiday let mortgage brokers know the lenders and their lending criteria well, enabling us to guide you to the best holiday let mortgage solutions

holiday to let mortgages

Bridging loans are one of the most useful, multi-purpose, types of lending solutions available. You can get a bridging loan approved on almost any property for almost any reason. Great for auction purchases or snapping up a buy to let bargain.

And we can arrange them really fast.

bridging loans

Development finance is designed to help with the purchase and build costs for a residential development project.

Solutions are available for change of use, ground-up projects, refurbishment or major building work and property extensions.

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