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Sunday, 01 April 2018

The Local and Open housing licenses in Guernsey

THE LOCAL MARKET

The majority of homes in Guernsey are listed as Local Market and amount to approximately 90% of the overall property stock. Local Market is one of the two 'Housing Markets' in Guernsey. There are restrictions on who can live in these properties. Anyone who is residentially qualified, holds an Employment Permit or an Immediate Family Member of a Local Market Householder can live in Local Market. Time spent in this Market is generally counted towards a Residential Qualification.


THE OPEN MARKET

There are often many false preconceptions about what is involved in moving to Guernsey. Unlike Jersey the process does not depend on your financial status and can be far simpler than thought. The Open Market was established and amended between the years of 1957 and 1969 by the States of Guernsey to create a register of approximately 1,600 homes where any EU National or British resident can live and work on the island without the need of a local licence.

Open Market is one of two 'Housing Markets'. Anyone can live in the Open Market but in most cases time spent living in the Open Market is not time counted towards a Local Market. Typically, properties within the Open Market are considerably more expensive. The Open Market is split into four sections: Open Market is one of two 'Housing Markets'. Anyone can live in the Open Market but in most cases time spent living in the Open Market is not time counted towards a Local Market. Typically, properties within the Open Market are considerably more expensive. The Open Market is split into four sections:

Open Market Part B is Hotels

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Open Market Part C is Nursing/ Residential Homes

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Open Market Part A is a Private Family Home:

If you live in a Part A Family Home as the owner or Lease holder (the 'Householder'), or immediate/ extended family member, you can live in Guernsey for as long as you want to, and work in any job

If you have live-in staff (e.g. Driver, Butler, etc.), they can live with you too (with their immediate family ), as long as they work for you full-time.

If you have spare space for a lodger, one lodger can share you home with you. But your lodger will only be able to live with you for five years before needing to take a Recognised Break in Residence.

Of course, house guests can stay with you too. They can stay for up to 90 days in any 12 months without needing a Permit. If you plan to have a house guest for longer that 90 days you should contact us for advice.

Open Market Part D is a House of Multiple Occupation

(Several Persons living in one property and are unrelated.)

If you live in a Part D house of multiple occupation (HMO) as the owner or Lease holder (the 'householder'), you can live in Guernsey for as long as you want to. There can only be one Open Market householder in each Part D HMO. If you are the householder, your immediate family members and extended family members can live with you, and they can work in any job.

If you live in a Part D HMO as a resident, you can live in Guernsey and work in any job for five years before needing to take a Recognised Break in Residence.

I WANT TO MOVE TO GUERNSEY BUT DON’T INTEND TO WORK

Then the Open Market is for you! There are about 1,600 private family homes that make up Part A of the Open Market, and they offer a wide range of accommodation, from 'lock up and leave' apartments through to large farmhouses, period properties and ultra-modern homes, many of which have stunning views of Guernsey's coastline. The Locate Guernsey team can help you with all aspects of your move to Guernsey, including business relocation.

I WANT TO SET UP A BUSINESS IN GUERNSEY

Depending on the type of business, and the skills you need, it is likely that if you can't find the right personnel here in Guernsey straightaway, you will be able to benefit from Employment Permits to help set-up the business. Normally, we would expect the number of Employment Permits you need to reduce over time as you train and develop people already resident in Guernsey, but we recognise that businesses sometimes need strategic employees to move to Guernsey for a long period of time to ensure the business is a success. The Locate Guernsey team have the right expertise and contacts to help you manage your business relocation or to point you in the right direction if you are considering a business start-up in Guernsey.

WHAT IS AN OPEN MARKET EMPLOYMENT PERMIT?

  • Open Market Employment Permits are issued to people who work in the Open Market property they live in. (Please note that the employer can only apply for these Permits)
  • Open Market Employment Permit Part A (Private Family Home)
  • Valid for a maximum of five years at a time.
  • Renewable as long as the full-time employment continues.
  • Tied to working in a named role for a named employer, and living in on-site Open Market accommodation.
  • Permit holder can house their immediate family members with their employer/ landlord's permission.
  • Open Market Employment Permit Part B (Hotel)
  • Valid for as long as the holder continues to live and work on-site in an Open Market hotel.
  • Tied to working in a named role for a named employer, and living in on-site Open Market accommodation. Permit holder can't accommodate other people.

BUYING A PROPERTY (FREEHOLD, LEASEHOLD OR PARTIAL OWNERSHIP)

If you are a first time buyer, i.e. you have not previously owned a home and therefore have no property to sell, and are struggling to get a foot on the property ladder, find out about Guernsey Housing Association's Partial Ownership Scheme. If you are relocating here, Locate Guernsey and Population Management can provide information about matters to take into consideration when buying property on the island. If you have children of school age and are buying a property, you may wish to find out which school catchment area your prospective property falls within. To find out about trends in the housing market, including average price and number of transactions, read the latest Residential Property Prices Bulletin. If you are purchasing with a mortgage, you can request tax relief on the mortgage interest.

https://gov.gg/article/120135/Buying-a-property-freehold-leasehold-or-partial-ownership

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