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21 February 2017
Issue: 4588 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

Does renting a home through Airbnb qualify as a furnished holiday letting?

My client purchased and refurbished a residential property in 2015-16. From June 2016 he started to let property on an occasional basis for about 90 days a year through the online homestay network Airbnb.

He lets the property only when he is away because it is his main residence. I am not sure whether this qualifies as a furnished holiday letting and am unsure how the income should be taxed. He started to receive an income from his residential property letting in tax year 2016-17 but the costs and expenses in setting up the business occurred in tax year 2015-16. Does he need to add these to his current return?

If so which of the following can be added as an expense and in which proportion? Solicitors’ fees when purchasing property building works building materials furnishing (including furniture bathroom fittings ...

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