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66 Domestic property.E+W

(1)[F1Subject to subsections (2), (2B) and 2E below], property is domestic if—

(a)it is used wholly for the purposes of living accommodation,

(b)it is a yard, garden, outhouse or other appurtenance belonging to or enjoyed with property falling within paragraph (a) above,

(c)it is a private garage [F2which either has a floor area of 25 square metres or less or is] used wholly or mainly for the accommodation of a private motor vehicle, or

(d)it is private storage premises used wholly or mainly for the storage of articles of domestic use.

[F3(2)Property is not domestic property if it is wholly or mainly used in the course of a business for the provision of short-stay accommodation, that is to say accommodation—

(a)which is provided for short periods to individuals whose sole or main residence is elsewhere, and

(b)which is not self-contained self-catering accommodation provided commercially.

[F4(2A)Subsection (2) above does not apply if—

(a)it is intended that within the year beginning with the end of the day in relation to which the question is being considered, short-stay accommodation will not be provided within the hereditament for more than six persons simultaneously; and

(b)the person intending to provide such accommodation intends to have his sole or main residence within that hereditament throughout any period when such accommodation is to be provided, and that any use of living accommodation within the hereditament which would, apart from this subsection, cause any part of it to be treated as non-domestic, will be subsidiary to the use of the hereditament for, or in connection with, his sole or main residence.]

(2B)A building or self-contained part of a building is not domestic property if—

(a)the relevant person intends that, in the year beginning with the end of the day in relation to which the question is being considered, the whole of the building or self-contained part will be available for letting commercially, as self-catering accommodation, for short periods totalling 140 days or more, and

(b)on that day his interest in the building or part is such as to enable him to let it for such periods.

(2C)For the purposes of subsection (2B) the relevant person is—

(a)where the property in question is a building and is not subject as a whole to a relevant leasehold interest, the person having the freehold interest in the whole of the building; and

(b)in any other case, any person having a relevant leasehold interest in the building or self-contained part which is not subject (as a whole) to a single relevant leasehold interest inferior to his interest.

(2D)Subsection (2B) above does not apply where the building or self-contained part is used as the sole or main residence of any person F5. . .]

[F6(2E)Property is not domestic property if it is timeshare accommodation within the meaning of the Timeshare Act 1992.]

[F7(3)Subsection (1) above does not apply in the case of a pitch occupied by a caravan, but if in such a case the caravan is the sole or main residence of an individual, the pitch and the caravan, together with any garden, yard, outhouse or other appurtenance belonging to or enjoyed with them, are domestic property]

[F8(4)Subsection (1) above does not apply in the case of a mooring occupied by a boat, but if in such a case the boat is the sole or main residence of an individual, the mooring and the boat, together with any garden, yard, outhouse or other appurtenance belonging to or enjoyed with them, are domestic property.

(4A)Subsection (3) or (4) above does not have effect in the case of a pitch occupied by a caravan, or a mooring occupied by a boat, which is an appurtenance enjoyed with other property to which subsection (1)(a) above applies]

(5)Property not in use is domestic if it appears that when next in use it will be domestic.

(6 )F9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(7)Whether anything is a caravan shall be construed in accordance with Part I of the M1Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.

(8 )F9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F10(8A)In this section—

  • business” includes—

(a)any activity carried on by a body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate, and

(b)any activity carried on by a charity;

  • commercially” means on a commercial basis, and with a view to the realisation of profits; and

  • relevant leasehold interest” means an interest under a lease or underlease which was granted for a term of 6 months or more and conferred the right to exclusive possession throughout the term.]

(9)The Secretary of State may by order amend, or substitute another definition for, any definition of domestic property for the time being effective for the purposes of this Part.

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F1Words in s. 66(1) (which were inserted by S.I. 1990/162, art. 3(4)) substituted (1.4.1993) by S.I. 1993/542, art. 2(a)

F2Words inserted by S.I. 1990/162, art. 3(2)(b)

F3S. 66 subsections(2)–(2D) substituted for subsection (2) by S.I. 1990/162 art. 3(3)

F4S. 66(2A) substituted (1. 4. 1991) by S.I. 1991/474, art. 3(1)

F5Words in s. 66(2D) repealed (6.3.1992) by 1992 c. 14, s. 117, Sch. 13 para. 70(1), Sch. 14 (with s. 118(1)(2)(4))

F6S. 66(2E) inserted (1.4.1993) by S.I. 1993/542, art. 2(b)

F7S. 66(3) substituted (retrospective to 1.4.1990) by 1996 c. 12, s. 1(2)(4)(5)

F8S. 66(4)(4A) substituted for s. 66(4) (retrospective to 1.4.1990) by 1996 c. 12, s. 1(3)(4)(5)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 66 applied (29.4.1996) by 1996 c. 12, s. 2(3)

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