Changes for home-workers

Budding entrepreneurs will be given greater freedom to start and grow a business from their home under new measures announced by the government.

Around 70 per cent of new businesses start off in the home, and they contribute £300 billion to the economy. As part of its long-term economic plan to back businesses, the government wants to make it easier for people thinking of starting a home business to do so with the law firmly on their side.

The new measures announced this month include:

  • new legislation will make it easier for people to run a business from a rented home. The law will be changed so that landlords can be assured that agreeing to this will not undermine their residential tenancy agreement. A new model tenancy agreement will also be made available shortly
  • updated planning guidance makes it clear that planning permission should not normally be needed to run a business from your home
  • new business rates guidance clarifies that in the majority of circumstances home-based businesses will not attract business rates

For further information about the changes please visit the government website. For information on business rates for home-based businesses visit the Valuation Office Agency website.