The 3 Occupancy Conditions

Accommodation can only qualify as an FHL if it passes all 3 occupancy conditions which we have highlighted below.


The Occupancy Conditions

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    1. The Pattern of Occupation Condition

    If the total of all lettings that exceed 31 continuous days is more than 155 days during the year, this condition is not met so your property will not be an FHL for that year.

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    2. The Availability Condition

    Your property must be available for letting as furnished holiday accommodation for at least 210 days in the year (140 days for the tax year 2011 to 2012 and earlier). Do not count any days when you are staying in the property. HMRC do not consider the property to be available for letting while you are staying there.

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    3. The Letting Condition

    You must let the property commercially as furnished holiday accommodation to the public for at least 105 days in the year (70 days for the tax year 2011 to 2012 and earlier).

Accommodation that qualifies as a Furnished Holiday Let

To qualify as an FHL your property must be:

In the UK or in the European Economic Area (EEA)

the EEA includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


there must be sufficient furniture provided for normal occupation and your visitors must be entitled to use the furniture

How to use the occupancy conditions:

  • For a Continuing Let

    Apply the tests to the tax year – that is from 6 April one year to the 5 April the next.

  • For a New Let

    Apply the tests to the first 12 months from when the letting began.

  • When your Letting Stops

    Apply the tests to the 12 months up to when the letting finished

When applying the occupancy conditions, do not count:

Any days when you let the property to friends or relatives at zero or reduced rates as this is not a commercial let.

Longer-term lets of more than 31 days, unless the 31 days is exceeded because something unforeseen happens. For example, if the holidaymaker either:

  • falls ill or has an accident, and can’t leave on time.
  • has to extend their holiday due to a delayed flight.
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