Holiday home refuse collection

Knowing the regulations about rubbish collection for owners of holiday lets
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Holiday home rubbish collection

What you need to know about refuse collection at your holiday home

Owners of furnished holiday lets that are available for booking for more than 140 days per year need to registered them with their local council as they count as self-catering properties on which business rates (rather than Council Tax) are payable.

Local authority rubbish disposal charges

Paying business rates can often this might work out cheaper than council tax, but you need to be aware that refuse collection is not usually included in business rates and may be charged separately. You can arrange to have rubbish collected by the council, or by a private contractor. 

Local authorities also have the power to to charge for the disposal of rubbish as well.

In England, businesses that have a rateable value of under £15,000 are elligible for Small Business Rate relief, and if you get this, you are usually exempt from waste disposal charges. 

Council tax

If your holiday home is just for your own personal use, and is not available for booking for more than 140 days a year, you need to pay council tax and will subsequently have access to the usual domestic refuse collection services. Because every area is different, you should find out the regulations for your local area.

Recycling rules might be different to those employed in the area where your primary residence is located, so remember to adjust accordingly. 

Insurance for your holiday home

With HomeProtect you can get a competitive online quote for holiday home insurance, no matter how your holiday home is used or how many days it's unoccupied for each year. As long as it is on fixed foundations within the UK, we can almost certainly cover it.

We specialise in delivering competitive quotes to people who can't get cover elsewhere, so you know that we will do everything in our power to offer you cover. With HomeProtect you never have to run the risk of being uninsured, as we believe that everyone has the right to protect the things they love with adequate holiday let insurance.


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