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Ask the Experts: Do we need planning permission to holiday let our home?

Ask the experts…

Q. We’re moving abroad and thinking of holiday letting our home, since we’ll be returning occasionally. We heard we may need planning permission to holiday let – is that right?

A. The Helpful Holidays team say:

Letting your home for holidays does not require planning permission since there is no change of use. However, you might want to check there are no clauses regarding letting in any lease or conveyance you signed when you purchased the property. Likewise, if you have a mortgage on the property, the mortgage company may impose restrictions regarding sub-letting.

You should contact your insurers because you won’t be covered under domestic insurance for landlord’s indemnity and health and safety criteria will require cover. You also need to consider the income from letting; as a non-resident landlord, the Inland Revenue has rules regulating such income. Useful information is available from www.hmrc.gov.uk/international/nr-landlords.htm.