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    • Andyjb
    • By Andyjb 18th Mar 17, 6:44 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 6:44 PM
    Commercial Rent 18th Mar 17 at 6:44 PM
    Iam about to sign a lease on a small industrial unit for hobby use not running a business, can the landlord charge Vat?

    The property was advertised at 175 per month by the agent with no 'plus Vat'

    Thanks for any help.
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    • By T0mmyh 18th Mar 17, 6:58 PM
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    Yes............
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 18th Mar 17, 7:01 PM
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    What does the lease say about VAT? Unless it says VAT-inclusive (and I can't remember the last time I saw that), then the landlord is entitled to add VAT (assuming they have opted to tax the property).
    • Andyjb
    • By Andyjb 18th Mar 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 7:08 PM
    Nope no inclusive of Vat mentioned, I'll just absorb it this time!

    Thanks for the advice
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    • By ACG 18th Mar 17, 7:12 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 7:12 PM
    They can only charge VAT if they are registered to do so.
    https://www.gov.uk/vat-businesses/when-to-charge-vat - It might be a read of this.
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    • By Miss Samantha 18th Mar 17, 7:14 PM
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    If the only thing mentioned is "175", then my understanding is that they cannot charge anything extra:

    VAT is not chargeable on rents unless the landlord opted to, and VAT is the responsibility of the supplier in a transaction.
    If the contracts states a sum payable then that is what you have to pay, nothing more.
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    • By Andyjb 18th Mar 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 8:09 PM
    My lease agreement stated 1925 per annum as I offered full 12 months payment for the price of 11
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