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Task Force promotes community-led housing with awards of free advice

Following a call for applications earlier in the year, the Right to Build Task Force has awarded five organisations free help in the form of tailored expert advice.

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Get inspired by Netherland's Custom and Self-build homes

The Netherlands has been leading the way in innovation for Custom and Self-build homes, so get inspired by some of the various routes it uses to give people a tailor-made home.&....

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RUSS training day: From proposal to Planning

RUSS is running a one-day workshop for community-led groups, the second module in its education programme. 

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Could your grand design be built in a flying factory?

A flying factory is way of building a Self- or Custom Build home with all the benefits offered by building in a precision-factory environment, but on site.

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Community groups should take up learnings from free Right to Build Expos

The Right to Build Task Force has announced four more Expos fo....

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Case Studies

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

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Planning for retirement with Potton

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Bakers Shaw

Bakers Shaw mixed build-method Passivhaus

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Beattie Passive house

Manx passive home

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Contemporary Timber Frame Home

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Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

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Steel Farm

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Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Hockerton

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Stamp duty

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VAT

VAT
  • Most selfbuilders are able to either pay no VAT or to reclaim much of the VAT that they pay for materials. HMRC has forms you can download for up-to-date information on VAT and selfbuild. Notice 431NB for newbuilds, 431C for conversions. There is also more information at this site.

But the rules are complex and not everyone can reclaim VAT.
  • If you are extending or renovating an existing house, you must pay VAT at 20%.
  • Creating a separate building or annexe doesn’t count as new build: VAT is 20%.
  • Building holiday lets or a building to rent counts as a business use and VAT is due at 20%.
  • Converting a non-domestic building into a home counts as new build: see notice 431C
  • There is an intermediate rate of VAT (5%) which applies to some works, for instance turning a house into flats, or flats into a house, or for work on a house unoccupied for more than two years. But the work cannot be done on a selfbuild basis — you have to employ a VAT registered contractor.
  • Listed buildings have some very complex VAT rules — refer to HMRC.

If you are eligible to reclaim VAT, then you have to keep very good records as you have to present your original VAT invoices at the end of the job. Generally, labour only and supply and fix invoices should be VAT free on new builds, but different rules apply on conversions.