Transferring a property into a company2022-05-30T13:48:53+00:00

Transferring Property into a Company

In recent years, transferring property owned by yourself individually to a company (also known as enveloping) has become very popular for a number of reasons including:

  • You are looking to buy another property to live in and rent out your current property. By keeping the current property in your individual names, you would pay the higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax on the new purchase.

  • Individuals letting out their additional properties have lost mortgage interest relief on their buy-to-let business meaning they cannot deduct the interest payments from their income. However, companies still benefit from this relief.

  • Companies will pay Corporation Tax (currently at 19%) on their profits rather than Income Tax (currently 20% at the Basic Rate or 40% at the Higher Rate).

  • Various other tax planning reasons including the individuals then gifting the shares to their children/beneficiaries to reduce their Inheritance Tax liability.

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Attwells Solicitors support clients with transferring property into a company in Suffolk, Essex & London

What is the process of transferring property into a company?

  • Have an initial chat: Discussing the process and asking any general questions may give you a better idea of what it involves and whether it is right for you.

  • Take specific tax advice: We strongly suggest taking tax advice from a property specialist accountant as there may be tax reliefs and benefits available to you. They can also confirm whether the change is right for you by looking at the tax benefits and the costs of the transfer.

  • Organise your mortgage (if needed): If transferring is right for you, we recommend getting in touch with your mortgage provider. It is likely when you transfer the property from your individual names to the company that you will need a different type of mortgage i.e. a commercial Buy-to-Let mortgage. You may also want to instruct a mortgage broker to look at new mortgage offers following the transfer.

  • Instruct a solicitor: A solicitor will deal with the legal transfer of the property. This may also involve redeeming your current mortgage and dealing with a lender’s requirements on any new mortgage. At this time, the new company can also be incorporated to hold the property.

  •  Complete the transfer: Once the solicitor has reported to you on everything including any new finance documents, the documents will be signed, and the transfer completed at the Land Registry.

Things to consider before transferring property into a company

  • Unless you qualify for an exemption (please check with a tax advisor), the company may need to pay SDLT on the value of the property that is transferred.

  • Commercial Buy-to-Let mortgages generally have a higher rate of interest.

  • Once the property is transferred to the company, if the company goes into liquidation or any other insolvency position, the property will be at risk.

  • If you decide to sell the property in the future, any profits from the sale will belong to the company and the company will pay Corporation Tax. The profits would then need to be distributed to the shareholders and further tax i.e. Income Tax would need to be deducted.

  • Company directors/secretaries are under a number of obligations to comply with Corporate Law including various director’s duties. The company must also file its accounts and confirmation statements online each year otherwise the company is at risk of being struck off the Companies House register. Therefore, keeping on top of the administration is vital.

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Our legal fees for transferring property into a company

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  • 2-3 weeks – no finance involved
  • 6-8 weeks – finance involved

When you are transferring property you may also need to refinance the property and you may need independent legal advice.

What is included

Without Finance:

  • Reviewing Title
  • Drafting transfer deed
  • Obtaining redemption statement (if applicable)
  • Obtaining and reviewing Leasehold Packs (if applicable)
  • Redeeming current mortgage (if applicable)
  • Registration of transfer with any third parties including landlords (if applicable)

With Finance

  • Reviewing Title
  • Drafting transfer deed
  • Obtaining redemption statement (if applicable)
  • Obtaining and reviewing Leasehold Packs (if applicable)
  • Redeeming current mortgage (if applicable)
  • Registering transfer at Land Registry
  • Registering charge at Land Registry and Companies House

What is not included

  • Tax advice
  • Anything not listed as included above
  • Land Registry Fees and SDLT may be due and will be payable based upon the purchase price
  • Acting for an overseas company is an additional fee of £900 plus VAT

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