The investment demand for furnished holiday lets (FHLs), or more commonly known as holiday homes, is constantly on the rise. The most appealing factor being that it is an asset-backed, well-known investment that offers tax relief – most commonly on pension contributions. This type of investment is often mistaken for a traditional buy-to-let and may cause confusion as to why this type of property benefits from the higher returns and tax relief.
The main difference between them is the classification the two investments are given by the government; a buy-to-let property is classed as investment income whereas holiday homes (FHLs) are regarded as a trading activity. Similarly to our care home investments, holiday homes reap the benefits of both commercial and residential properties.
To class your property as a holiday home it will need to be furnished to the same level expected from a self-catered holiday cottage and will need to be let out with the intent of making a profit. From an occupancy point of view, the property will need to be available to guests for a minimum of 210 days every year and needs to be occupied by the public for at least 106 days per year.
The market for holiday homes keeps growing as the number of Brits who holiday in the UK keeps rising. In 2017, the assessed spend on staycations in the UK was calculated to be around £23 million and increasing year-on-year. The spike in demand had a knock-on effect on pricing and therefore returns, with the average price of a week’s stay in peak season rising by 6.4% in the last year.
There are a number of tax benefits from investing in Furnished Holiday Lets (FHLs). The first being the ability to claim back capital allowances; similarly to a business, holiday homes allow owners to deduct a wide range of costs from their income prior to paying tax. These costs can be anything needed to run the holiday home, for example white goods, furnishings and décor. These allowances will also roll-over meaning many FHL investors will pay zero tax for a number of years.
Unlike residential buy-to-let, holiday homes benefit from a relief in capital gains tax (CGT) at resale. Again, because holiday homes are classed as a trading activity owner of said property will benefit from entrepreneurs CGT relief. This means that instead of the usual 28% capital gains tax, holiday home owners will only pay 10%.
Finally, holiday homes give owners tax relief on pension contributions. The profits made from furnished holiday lets are classed as relevant earnings meaning the owners will be able to make larger contributions into their pensions. This is known as ‘tax advantaged pension savings’ something that isn’t possible with traditional residential rental properties.
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