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 leave your home to your children (including adopted, foster or stepchildren) or grandchildren, your tax-free threshold will increase to £450,000.
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 don’t 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 can’t give you advice on how to pay less tax.