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Act now or miss out on tax relief

Michael Doree, a London-based capital allowance consultant at Catax Solutions, explains how landlords and property owners could be missing out financially by not claiming the capital allowances to which they are legally entitled.   Given the current housing shortfall, relaxing the planning rules to allow more office-to-residential conversions makes sense; but it doesn’t make sense […]

Plus ça change…

Many micro and small business owners are probably like me: currently suffering from information overload following the recent referendum result. As Deri Llewellyn-Davies of BGI Strategy, frequently points out, the advantage of being such an owner is that you can be nimble and quick on decision-taking – the disadvantage (compared to larger businesses)is that the […]

Buying property through your personal pension scheme: pros & cons

With the advent of auto-enrolment, pensions have never been more in the spotlight from a family business perspective. Here John Moore of Blackstone Moregate highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a commercial property or land with a personal pension.   There are now so many different ways to invest in property, whether […]

Don’t keep it under your hat

Property Companies and LLPs: is your Register of People with Significant Control up to date? Don’t despair – help is at hand. Bryan Rickman is a consultant solicitor with Keystone Law specialising in company law, and he provides a useful reminder of the requirements in his PSC Regime Guide. This summarises the main definitions (including PSCs […]

Herd it on the grapevine

In this brave new financial world of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, crowdfunding and crowdgiving, some worryingly familiar words and phrases are beginning to re-appear, such as: Bears and Bulls, Greed and Fear, Boom and Bust, and even “Pinocchio” mortgages (referring to self-certified loans). The other day I received an invitation to invest in a commercial property development […]

Extending Residential Leases

Although central London agents are reporting that prices in the prime areas are “softening”, flats and houses there, and indeed across much of the South East, remain expensive. An often neglected and misunderstood way of adding value to a leasehold property can be by acquiring a lease extension but as so often in real estate […]