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Renting a room in the library to do group classes

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by luxmit, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. luxmit

    luxmit New commenter

    Apologies if this topic has been posted already. I am a Science teacher and would like to start tutoring. It is difficult for me to do tutoring at home, so I have contacted my local library to rent a room to start group classes and they have given me permission for that. Someone has mentioned that I may have to pay Business rate if I was to tutor in the library? Is this true? Could someone clarify this for me please? Thanks
  2. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    I've never done this, but surely you just tell the library the reason for renting the room and they'll charge you the appropriate rate.
  3. luxmit

    luxmit New commenter

    Sorry, I didn't make it clear. I will be registering as a sole trader once I start tutoring at the library. In addition to paying tax/NI, do I also pay business rate (tax)? Someone told me that is a statutory tax that I may have to pay if I am renting a space for business purpose? I've never heard of it before, so I wanted to make sure whether it applies to me before starting to tutor. Thanks
  4. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    Sorry I misunderstood. I've no idea I'm afraid.
  5. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    I did try doing this for maths and it never really took off. Business rates in like council tax for business. It's for the services the council provide. I am not 100% sure but I always associated it with shops on the high street. I would assume the library would be the one to pay the business rates but they wouldn't need to as they are not a business.
  6. doctoryes

    doctoryes Occasional commenter

    Some venues charge different rates i.e. amounts for using their facilities if you are a business or if you are a non-profit making organisation such as a charity. I suspect this is what your friend means.
  7. AshgarMary

    AshgarMary New commenter

    If you are hiring a room in a library on a sessional basis, you would not be liable for business rates. The library, cafe, community centre or wherever would be paying business rates and the charge they make to you would include an element relating to that in their calculations.
    If you rent a property for business purposes as the lessee, then you would be liable for business rates. Also, if you do use a room in your own home exclusively for business purposes then you would be liable for business rates on that element of space.
  8. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    Do you you insurance?
  9. shakes16

    shakes16 New commenter

    I have never heard of a library renting out rooms before. They don't usually have rooms anyway as far as I know. They just have rooms full of aisles of books lol.
  10. misssunflower2

    misssunflower2 New commenter

    I know this is an old post but I have a question along the same lines. If in the future I decided to book a room in a library/other venue, are there any rules anywhere about ratios in that situation? I would be working with year 6 children. Not sure who I would ask.
  11. rooney1

    rooney1 Occasional commenter

    our biggest library has a pod which is available to hire ana several of the smaller libraries have spaces or rooms you can use.
  12. PuertaDelVino

    PuertaDelVino New commenter

    I wouldn't think any library has any rooms anywhere to lend out.
  13. BG54

    BG54 Occasional commenter

  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    My local library does!
  15. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    All our local libraries have rooms to rent, the main library has 4 rooms of varying sizes. I think you'd need a group of at least four or five pupils to make it commercially viable.

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