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Overseas investors

Overseas property investment specialist help & advice

As an overseas investor into the UK property market, we understand that above all, you need to have confidence that your UK taxation affairs are being taken care of by experts. We are familiar with all the complex tax and financing issues that arise in respect of non-UK resident investors in UK property. We manage the tax and accounting affairs of clients from the Far East, Europe, and the USA, to name but a few.

Many of the issues that relate to UK property investors apply also to overseas property investors. But overseas investors still enjoy some exemptions from UK capital gains and inheritance taxes. These have been curtailed in recent years, particularly for residential property, but some still remain. The exemptions are now complicated: to secure these, your investment has to be structured carefully.

Special (unfavourable) rules apply where you are buying an “expensive property” to use as your home. Expensive is now more than £500,000, so these rules apply to relatively modest properties.

Historically, it has generally been beneficial for overseas investors to invest in UK property through a non-UK company. For commercial property, this will generally remain the case.

For residential property, the introduction of UK CGT and Inheritance Tax for non-residents and the special rules for expensive homes mean this may no longer always be the case.  We can help you choose the appropriate structure to maximise your exemptions.

For more information or help from one of our property and real estate specialists, please contact us using our enquiry form.