We have recently advised on a case where a furnished holiday let cottage is being sold, from a small portfolio of such properties. A key question on such an arrangement is whether Entrepreneurs Relief (ER) applies on the sale of a single property from such a business. For ER to apply there must be an operable business being sold. A single cottage could be operated as a FHL business so yes it is an operable business. However if the taxpayer is merely selling a “business asset” rather than a “part of a business” then ER will not apply. This can depend on what remains – if the business is large enough such that it is generally unaffected then ER may not apply because of this.
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