Surge in interest for homes with self-contained annexes amid rise in council tax on second homes

A timber annexe at the end of the garden
Demand for self-contained annexes rose from August 2023 to January 2024 with over 10,000 enquiries, according to Purplebricks (Image credit: Getty Images)

There has been a reported surge in interest in homes with self-contained annexes, also known as 'granny flats', following a rise in council tax on second homes.

The data from Purplebricks reveals there was a six-month record rise in enquiries in homes with self-contained annexes with the rise coinciding with councils raising the rates of council tax for second homes by as much as 300%.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.