I have a 2nd home (furnished) in a borough that wants to add a council
tax surcharge for such homes of 50%. I understand why, and have no
objections in principle.
My main home is in a borough that would not have a surcharge if it were
my second home.
If first borough wants to add the 50% (they keep enquiring as to my
intentions for this property - inherited), do I just swap my primary
residence? Are there any gotchas, and is there a proper procedure?
Or, could I nominate the surcharge property as my primary residence, and
my wife nominate our current main home as hers, and then both get 25%
single occupancy discount?
I do think its based on time in occupation, at least that was what Merton
told a friend of mine.
The point is though, with the current price of land etc, might it not just
be more profitable to sell one of them and use the dosh to get a property
abroad and rent it out for holidays and use it yourself in between?
Where the property is would likely raise an eyebrow if a student were to
declare that they were living there. It's not reasonably close to any
college or uni. Whether that'd be a concern for the council, I don't know.
They will probably want evidence of where you spend most time.
The reduction for second homes is normally for holiday homes etc. Not
intended to, for example, get a discount in on an expensive property and
pay the full whack in a cheaper one to save money (more is the pity!)
only noticed it when he shook my fellow interviewer who I knew was a
mason.....anyway he was the worst of the lot of them obviously relying
on the brothers to progress in the building industry ...I snookered his
chances...shame that...tee hee
You can't nominate which is your main home for council tax purposes.
And there's /no/ simple rule (nights you spend where, where your ferrets
live, where you keep your angle grinder, etc) that decides which is your
It's decided by looking at a wide range of factors. See any of the
umpteen online guides from councils. Eg pages 5-6 in
(which is just the first result of a search)
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