Thank you, ***** ***** helpful but not the answer I wanted to hear! Any idea how much I would have to pay? I bought the house 25years ago £33000 and I guess it would now fetch about £180000. As I have always had a tied cottage as part of my work I have never needed to live in the house. I remember hearing once that if you lived in a tied cottage or rented accommodation you could claim your own property as your main residence. Obviously this has changed.