When is an annexe not an annexe?

If you are thinking about building an annexe or buying a property that already has an annexe, there are a few issues to consider. While this is a great way to create more space, you need to make sure that you are aware of any potential costs.

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What is an annexe?

A quick Google search of ‘annexe’ tells us that it is a building joined onto an existing property to provide extra space or accommodation. So far, so good. You are probably already aware of extensions and granny annexes and planning guidelines saying that if an extension provides additional living space to the main house, it is an annexe; however, the purpose for which this additional accommodation has been built could potentially mean that extra bills are incurred.

Could it cost you more?

Setting up an annexe to your home could mean another council tax bill. This could be the case even if it is an extension directly connected to your home by a door rather than being a separate building. The government’s Valuation Office Agency (VOA) decides which buildings are in which council tax band in England and Wales.

The good news is that you can apply for exemption from a second council tax charge in the case of granny annexes. The rules say you must prove that this additional accommodation is being used solely by your family, that the people living there are over 65 years of age, or that the accommodation is for a relative with a disability, whether mental or physical.

Is it worth it?

If you want to move your parents or in-laws into a granny flat at your home, this can be very worthwhile. There are the obvious benefits of living close to your family, including saving on the cost of maintaining an additional home. If you are planning to extend your property to accommodate these family members, you need to make sure that you stay on top of the planning issues. Employing a company experienced in building annexes, such as http://www.annexespaces.co.uk/, will ensure that you will receive advice on any potential issues.

An annexe can also add value to your property and can be used as a flexible space for your growing family, making it a useful way to create extra rooms.