Passing on a home
You can pass a home to your husband, wife or civil partner when you die. There’s no Inheritance Tax to pay if you do this.
If you own your home (or a share in it) your tax-free threshold can increase to £500,000 if:
- you leave it to your children (including adopted, foster or stepchildren) or grandchildren
- your estate is worth less than £2 million
Giving away a home before you die
There’s normally no Inheritance Tax to pay if you move out and live for another 7 years.
If you want to continue living in your property after giving it away, you’ll need to:
- pay rent to the new owner at the going rate (for similar local rental properties)
- pay your share of the bills
- live there for at least 7 years
You do not have to pay rent to the new owners if both the following apply:
- you only give away part of your property
- the new owners also live at the property
If you die within 7 years
If you die within 7 years of giving away all or part of your property, your home will be treated as a gift and the 7 year rule applies.
Call the Inheritance Tax and probate helpline if you have questions about giving away a home. They cannot give you advice on how to pay less tax.