VAT Relief for Disabled Person on Roof Repair over Washroom

We have a roof problem which with the VAT is over £4000, but my husband is disabled (Spina Bifida) and the roof leak is over his washroom/wetroom.  

VAT Notice 701/7 (about VAT Relief for Disabled) is not absolutely clear whether a roof repair over a washroom for a chronically disabled person can be zero-rated?

My husband is definitely classed as chronically disabled.  The ceiling of the wetroom/washroom has a roof leak, and the roof requires repair (felt and battening) - is this classed as restoration/repair building work for a disabled washroom and therefore zero-rated?  It would save us over £600 and we are on a low income, we've taken out a loan to cover the cost of this, which must be paid by next July if we're to avoid high interest charges. 

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  • Spoonie_Turtle
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    edited 21 August at 3:34PM
    I would doubt it, as roof/ceiling repair is not something specifically for disabled people's use.  Whereas something like actually installing the wetroom or a ramp for an outside door would be VAT exempt.

    I can't see that it's covered by any of the sections here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-relief-on-certain-building-work-if-you-have-a-disability   Although this is just my opiniom and interpretation of what's written, so as always if any of the more knowledgeable members know to the contrary, I defer to them.
  • Murphybear
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    I had an issue about whether an item I bought was eligible for VAT relief.  I emailed the VAT office to get a definitive answer and they responded in about 4 days.  
  • Newcad
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    edited 21 August at 5:03PM
    I'm also unsure, but would tend toward it being exempt as a repair to a disabled persons washroom (no matter who else may also use it).
    If you ask/apply for the VAT exemption the worst that can happen is they refuse.
  • KendalCake
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    I had an issue about whether an item I bought was eligible for VAT relief.  I emailed the VAT office to get a definitive answer and they responded in about 4 days.  
    Thank you, this would be perfect - I tried to do chat online but it didn't recognise my answer.  It seemed to be only for VAT registered traders, and it says on the website not to ring unless it's urgent, and I can't find an email address!   

    Was it a general email address?
  • KendalCake
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    ....ah just found the email address and phone number, was looking under wrong section on HMRC website. 
  • KendalCake
    KendalCake Forumite Posts: 4
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    I had an issue about whether an item I bought was eligible for VAT relief.  I emailed the VAT office to get a definitive answer and they responded in about 4 days.  
    Just sent an enquiry using the online form, thank you for this.  Will take up to 15 days to get a reply.  Thank you. 
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