Employees working from home

Responsibilities of homeworkers

Employees who work from home have a number of key responsibilities. They should:

  • check whether there are any restrictions on homeworking within their terms of the lease, mortgage or tenancy agreement for their property
  • keep their insurance company informed about the new use of their home
  • check if planning permission will be required and applying for it if necessary – though this is unlikely to be the case for a home office
  • check if business rates rather than council tax are payable on the part of the property used for work

Employees should also be aware that if they set aside a room to work in that has no domestic purpose, they may be liable for capital gains tax if the property is sold.

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