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Why can′t I pay council tax on my self-catering holiday accommodation?
Council tax only applies to properties used solely for domestic purposes.
If your property is available for short-term let for 140 days or more a year, then it is not solely used for domestic purposes and it will be valued for business rates (different rules apply to Wales . For more information see the guidance for cottages and self catering units in Wales).
If it is not available for 140 days or more a year, or becomes occupied as a sole or main residence, then you should contact the VOA. Tell us the address and postcode of the property, along with the date it stopped being available for short-term let.
Related FAQs and help pages
- How we value holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation
- I have some self-catering holiday accommodation - why have I been sent a valuation for business rates?
- Where did the information on the valuation about my self-catering holiday accommodation come from?
- How did you arrive at a rateable value for my self-catering holiday accommodation?
- I no longer use this property for holiday lettings - what should I do now?
- I don′t actually let my holiday accommodation for more than 140 days a year - why should I pay rates?