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Julia calls for crack down on 2nd home owner rates dodge

October 20, 2014 1:04 PM

Julia Goldsworthy Lib Dem prospective MP for Camborne Redruth and Hayle has written to Chancellor George Osborne asking for a loophole to be closed which allows unscrupulous second home owners to class their properties in Cornwall as 'holiday lets' thereby avoiding paying both council tax and business rates.

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In her letter to the Chancellor Ms Goldsworthy points out that second home owners can claim up to 100% small business rate relief just by claiming their home is "available to let" for 140 days per year, without actually having to let it for a single day. This reduces their Business Rates liability - potentially to zero - and exempts them from paying Council Tax altogether.

The potential loss to Cornwall Council could run into millions of pounds

Ms Goldsworthy said: "It is clearly not fair for second home owners to pay nothing towards the services that full time residents pay for through their Council Tax, by claiming their property is a furnished holiday let when in practice it is not."

Read the letter to Mr Osborne here.