Senedd Cymru Petition for Exemptions to 182-Day Self-Catering Rule
Senedd Cymru Welsh Parliament has issued a petition to allow exemptions to the new 182-day occupancy rule for self-catering operators in Wales, ‘to reduce harm to real Welsh self-catering businesses’. The petition which is now published and ready to collect signatures relates to latest legislation for second homes in Wales which came into play on 14 June 2022 and takes effect from 1 April 2023.
In future, under these rules in any given year, a self-catering property needs to be made available to let 252 days of the year, and actually let for 182 days of them to qualify for business rates. Plans include a council tax premium on those second homes not eligible for business rates instead of council tax.
Trade Associations representing genuine self-catering businesses in Wales (Wales Tourism Alliance, UK Hospitality Cymru, PASC UK Wales Branch) are planning to meet Welsh Government with a view to agreeing mitigation measures to ‘reduce the harm that the new 182-day occupancy rule could cause real Welsh-owned self-catering businesses’. According to them, these are not second homes or casual lets. They say that over 30% of these businesses have said that they will have to close or sell without these exemptions.
If 250 signatures are gained this will be considered by the Petitions Committee. If the petition collects more than 10,000 signatures, the Committee will consider referring it for a debate in the Senedd. Details of the petition proposals and how to take part are here:
If you are a business involved in self-catering in Wales and wish to discuss how the new rules will affect you, or for other help with your tax and finance get in touch on Let’s Talk. Property owners intending to meet new criteria should aim to do so during the 2022-23 operating year, with compliance being assessed some time after 1 April 2023.