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If they occupy rent free for a short period then you have nothing to fear. That would be my solution to this conundrum.
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I would suggest that charging rent would be most inadvisable and might put your VAT refund st risk.
Probably, but remember I am giving you the 'belt and braces' advice! Emulate Brer Fox 'For he lay low and say nuffin!'
Well, as you never claimed it, was just never charged it, then the builder would be liable and then bill you. The builder would have to settle within the normal quarterly VAT time frame.