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HMRC internal manual

VAT Construction

Reduced-rating the renovation or alteration of empty residential premises: what ‘qualifying residential premises’ means: the three types of ‘qualifying residential premises’

There are three types of ‘qualifying residential premises’:

  • single household dwellings
  • multiple occupancy dwellings
  • buildings intended for use solely for a relevant residential purpose.

If a property was originally a dwelling but was then wholly adapted for non-residential use, the conversion back into a ‘single household dwelling’ would not qualify for the reduced rate under this section. It may, however, qualify for as a reduced-rated ‘changed number of dwellings conversion’ (VCONST06250).

There are special rules for works on a garage, which are treated as part of the dwelling (VCONST07350).

VCONST14400 explains what we mean by ‘single household dwelling’.

Here, the focus is on whether the premises; the ‘single household dwelling’, is renovated or altered.