Changes to new rules for second homes follow outcry over plan to consider granny flats as second homes
The government has announced a surprise change in the tax rules for anyone buying a house that includes a "granny flat", or annex.
It follows criticism that many houses with small annexes would be liable for a 3% surcharge on Stamp Duty.
Since 1 April, anyone buying a second home has had to pay the higher rate.
Now the Treasury has announced a new set of rules, which will mean that fewer homes with annexes will be liable for the surcharge.
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