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FHL - Available days post Covid

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My client owns a furnished holiday let, and is clinically highly vulnerable for coronavirus.

They are blocking out 3 days either side of the lettings for cleaning (to allow it to be empty for 48 hours before entering the property to start the cleaning process).

I understand there is a grace election that can be made if the 105 'let' days aren't met - but do the days blocked out either side of the letting count as 'available to let'? If not, I don't think they will qualify for the 210 days 'available to let' criteria... In which case will the property not qualify for the grace election either? Any suggestions?

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By CharlieBee
20th Aug 2020 15:27

Hi

Thank you for the link, it only appears to give the same information as the government guidance, about the actual 'let' days and the grace periods etc.

I am specifically interested in if people think that the days it is 'closed for cleaning' due to Covid would be classified as 'available for let'....

Any thoughts welcome......

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By Tax Dragon
20th Aug 2020 15:37

Could I stay there on those days?

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By tltodman
20th Aug 2020 15:37

Personally I'd say those days are "not available" if the owner is leaving them void between lettings. Seems a matter of fact to me. Could someone stay in them on those days or not? And the answer is currently no, it hasn't been cleaned and isn't available to be let. Whilst I sympathise, given the current situation, could the owner not employ a cleaner instead of doing it themselves so the turnaround could be quicker?

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By CharlieBee
21st Aug 2020 13:05

Thank you - this is the way I was leaning - just wanted to check I hadn't missed anything, unfortunately I don't think it will qualify this year.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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By CharlieBee
21st Aug 2020 13:07

I had thought of the cleaner idea, they are quite an upmarket let in a very rural area, they haven't yet found anyone they are happy with, but I agree this would solve the issue. Thanks again.

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