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The most popular second home locations

Alex Johnson

a16e33491e32686f9028ec49f623091eb342b246 300x199 The most popular second home locationsYork has been voted the most popular choice for a second home in the UK in the poll for whathouse.co.uk. Around 66% of readers voted for York as their top choice, followed by Devon with 9%, the Scottish Highlands (7%), and Bath and Cornwall (both 5%). Brighton took 4% of the vote.

“While York is a vibrant city with lots to offer residents and holidaymakers, coastal counties like Cornwall and Devon are traditionally considered to be more desirable areas for second homes,” said whathouse.co.uk assistant editor Laurna Robertson. “I wonder if the popularity of York may have to do with the more affordable homes for sale there in the current climate.”

Meanwhile, people who have sold properties that are not their main homes and who have not told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about any profit made, are being targeted in a new campaign.

The Property Sales Campaign is aimed at those selling homes in the UK or abroad where Capital Gains Tax (CGT) should be paid on any profits made. This includes, for example, properties people have sold that were given to them, and the sale of holiday homes. People will have until 9 August to tell HMRC about any unpaid tax on property sales, and until 6 September to pay the tax owed.

After 6 September, HMRC will take a much closer look at the tax affairs of those who have sold properties other than their main home, but who appear to have paid no CGT.

Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns, said: “Some people will not understand that selling a second home, a holiday home or a property disposed of as a gift could attract Capital Gains Tax. They need to look at our website or contact us. Telling HMRC about your tax liabilities is simple and straightforward, and help, advice and support are available. It is better to come to us before we come to you. After the opportunity closes on 6 September, HMRC will use information it holds about property sales, in the UK and abroad, to identify people who have not paid what they owe. Penalties or even criminal prosecution could follow.”

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  • Low Ackworth Room Room

    Having not visited the UK for around 10 years I asked my wife, who is presently visiting, to tell me the price of a pint. Impatient for the answer, I Googled it and found that in York the price was around £4.25 whilst in Bradford it was £2.70. I was shocked at the disparity, but having read this, I think I’ve found my answer as to why!

  • derekcolman

    It’s a matter of supply and demand. There’s not much demand in Bradford because Muslims don’t drink alcohol. I’m sure you can get a cheaper pint in York as Wetherspoons have 2 pubs there. Probably under £3.

  • David Cage

    Muslims don’t drink alcohol……. And squadrons of pigs regularly fly past our house.

  • derekcolman

    It was a joke about Bradford, David. A Saudi student used to drink in my local, and was always asking where he could get some dope.

  • smartmind

    You obviously judge Muslims by what you see on Eastenders an Coronation Street? Do you you feel that it is OK to put antiMuslim comments and judge all Muslims by the actions of a few? Of course in any community there will be some who will behave in an unscrupulous manner, but you do not label the whole community by their actions.

    Some Christians/Athiests/Jews/Hindus/Sikh/Buddhists/Muslims/Pagans will commit adultery/paedophilia/burglary/murder etc, but it would not be right to say “Christians/Athiests/Jews/Hindus/Sikh/Buddhists/Muslims/Pagans”.. don’t ———– (fill in the blanks to your favourite sin).

    Pigs probably do fly past your house, you being the biggest of them, perhaps?

  • smartmind

    A well known Christian in Leeds is now known to have been a predatory paedophile, necrophile and sex beast… what does that prove about Christians and Leeds? Nothing, dope!


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