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My son lives with me and works at a Welsh University . He has been set up with various Computers to work from my home and has done so for many months during the COVID period. Am I able to claim tax relief or any relief from the university for the very substantial Electricity used and paid for by myself.
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You'll have to claim the electricity cost back from him I'm afraid!
£5/month isn't nothing but struggle to see how its "very substantial" and presumably just falls under your general relationship with your son and what contributions he makes to living at home.
If your son has been running an electric heater all working hours in a room that would otherwise be unheated then that would give a "very substantial" rise in your electric bill. Obviously computers use some power but very modest by comparison. The £6 a week mentioned is reasonable excluding heating an otherwise unheated room.
Equally, but often forgotten, how much did he save in commuting costs?
My husband has worked from home since March 2020 and works for a worldwide games company, so runs several monitors and 2 computers all day every day. Heating costs have gone down as the study now heats all of upstairs and we have next to no increase in electricity.
For it to be 'substantial' have you checked you don't have a fault somewhere?