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use of home as studio for pilates

My client has rented a 6 room house and has bought a reformer machine to use with clients at home.

The machine was purchased in Nov 2011. The business started Nov 11. The lease on the property started in Nov 11 and she claims that the 6th room is used soley for the business. However, the lease prohibits any business use of the property.

During this time she has only had a few clients to her house to use the equipment.  The group classes she runs are held at a hired venue.

What should she claim for?  The machine cost £8,000 and I have claimed AIA on this, with no personal use.

I was originally going to claim for 1/6 th of the rent etc but am wary now because of the clause in the  lease prohibiting business use. The income generated to date is minimal.

HELP!  Any guidance/thoughts would be great.


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25th Apr 2012 10:40

Bad Investment

£8k for a machine used only by a few clients in 6 months does not sound like a good investment - HMRC will agree with this thinking but cannot penalise a client for being bad at business although they can argue that the asset is used mainly privately (it is after all in her own home).

Likewise, arguing the 1/6th rent apportionment is going to be difficult because of the few clients she sees.   

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25th Apr 2012 10:44

Don't be so silly!
You can't fly a house. What kind of Pilates Licence does she have?

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By thomas
25th Apr 2012 12:31

Pilates Licence

George Attazder wrote:
You can't fly a house. What kind of Pilates Licence does she have?

Love it!



Do you think the lease prohibiting business use is an issue?  Could the revenue disallow the rent apportionment on this basis.


She is hopeful that the business will pick up this year and that she will have more clients!

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