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An area where insights and articles into current news around the property industry are brought together and made easily accessible

Heather Powell, Head of Property and Construction

Our multi-disciplinary Property and Construction team provide practical, user-friendly guidance to help companies adapt to the changing world and grow their business. We do this by providing commercially focused advice drawing on our expertise that encompasses all financial reporting, budgeting and tax matters – from SDLT to VAT, from Corporation Tax to Capital Gains Tax.

Our expert team work collaboratively to deliver the best service to our clients. You will deal with one lead partner, who is able to call upon the depth of expertise in the firm, co-ordinating the services you require and ensuring that these reflect your needs and ambitions.

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The Annual Landlords Survey: Spotlight on EPC

Full report and results now available

We’ve published our Annual Landlords Survey: Spotlight on EPC report based on our survey conducted over the Autumn. With responses from residential and commercial Landlords all over the UK, the results paint a picture of confusion and ill-preparedness for the upcoming EPC Changes.

The report asks the questions:

  • Are UK rental properties ready to meet the Government's new requirements?
  • How do property owners plan to fund the works required?
  • What impact will their implementation have on commercial and residential landlords?

    Our exclusive report summarises our findings, and shows how responses compare across landlords facing similar challenges
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Property Tax Update event

Presentions now available to download

We recently held the first of our new Property Tax Update events at our Great Queen Street offices, hosted by Head of Property & Construction Heather Powell. Aimed at providing commercially-focused advice to help support business decisions and growth, the event also included our thoughts concerning the recent Budget announcements as well as a look ahead to what Jeremy Hunt might include in his next statement.

At the event three of our resident experts presented:

  • Partner and Stamp Duty expert Sean Randall explored the latest changes affecting SDLT
  • VAT Partner Alan Pearce discussed the pitfalls and opportunities when undertaking residential conversion
  • Corporate Tax Partner Neil Insull focussed on how to maximise tax deductions and reliefs

We have made the presentation slides available to download*.* A PDF reader is required

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Adapt & Grow

The wide range of opportunities and challenges facing the Property and Construction sectors can, without careful planning, result in a cash-flow crisis. Current examples of these include significant increases in labour and material costs as well as the recent change in the tax regime for residential developers - increasing the tax payable on developments, both of which reduce the capital retained in the business.

As the pandemic, Brexit and other factors continue to impact the sector, we emerge into the new world with opportunities for businesses that, with careful planning, can be taken to build their businesses.

We can help you

  • Gain a clearer understanding of your position in this changing landscape
  • Help to continually monitor financial results with a focus on optimising cash flows
  • Invest in identifying and addressing issues as they arise
  • To be in the best position to thrive and grow your business as the economy recovers
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Tax Transaction Services

Any buyer of property, whether a development site or an investment, needs to consider all of the UK taxes that impact not only at the date of purchase but also during the period of ownership. Getting this wrong can be an expensive error. Whether acquiring property via the purchase of shares in a company, or buying the asset itself, SDLT, VAT, Corporation tax and Income tax all need to be considered – as well as how profits can be extracted in the most tax efficient way.
Our team give advice on the best way to structure a purchase, and where a company is being purchased, work with buyers and their other professional advisors in completing a review of the financial and tax records to ensure that no unexpected liabilities are acquired with the company shares. A combination of property sector knowledge and technical expertise allow the team to deliver a focussed, cost effective service to clients which is clear, concise and timely.

Mini Autumn Budget 2022

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax

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Partner Sean Randall reflects on the changes to Stamp Duty. Watch now

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Mini Autumn Budget 2022:  Stamp Duty Land Tax

Following today’s Mini Budget announcement, Sean Randall reflects on the changes to Stamp Duty.

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SDLT updates and insights with Sean Randall

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This September, InfoTrack welcomed back Sean Randall to provide insight into the latest SDLT updates.

Focussing on the most important changes to stamp duty that law firms need to know about, Sean discussed ways to ensure you're up to date with the most relevant SDLT changes for the remainder of 2022 and beyond.

Watch the on-demand recording for this not-to-be-missed webinar.

In this 45-minute webinar, Sean covered key topics including:

  • A summary of the latest relevant case law for conveyancers - both recent and forthcoming;
  • The new SDLT/ATED relief for Homes for Ukraine scheme; and
  • What to expect in the Budget, including changes on multiple dwellings relief and mixed-use transactions.
Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook

Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook

A Guide for Residential Conveyancers, 2nd edition

The second edition of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Handbook – A Guide for Residential Conveyancers is essential for residential property lawyers to understand better the stamp duty rules on residential property transactions in England and Northern Ireland. It will help practitioners reduce costs and protect against claims for professional negligence and damage to reputation. This clearly written handbook, with an overview at the start and a summary of filing/payment obligations at the end, has been especially written to enable residential property lawyers to filter complex matters requiring specialist tax advice from ordinary matters that do not.

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Mixed-use and multiple dwellings relief

On what has become known as ‘Tax Administration and Maintenance Day’, the Government published a number of tax consultations, including one on Stamp Duty Land Tax proposing changes to the way in which ‘mixed-use’ transactions and multiple dwelling transactions are taxed. Partner Sean Randall looks at the proposed changes in detail.

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Some of these consequences are welcome and the proposals will certainly achieve their objective of reducing the scope for abuse of the rules

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Insights

Latest Property and Construction news

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Commercial Landlords whose properties do not have the right energy performance certificate won’t be allowed to rent their properties

Our survey has found that many commercial landlords are not aware of the issue

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Mini Autumn Budget 2022: Stamp Duty Land Tax

Following today’s Mini Budget announcement, Partner Sean Randall reflects on the changes to Stamp Duty.

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Buy-to-let landlords – Do they have a future?

Rising interest rates, increasing legislation and the prospect that tenants cannot afford to pay rent rises means many may now decide to quit

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Spotlight On… VAT & Barter Transactions

VAT Partner Simon Newark looks at an often overlooked, unusual VAT consequence of many common business transactions, particularly in the property sector.

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Update – Register of ‘Overseas Entities’ that own UK land now launched

The Register of Overseas Entities was launched on 1 August 2022 with registration needing to be completed by 31 January 2023

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Buy to Let landlords are essential to UK PLCs

The Government needs to take care to ensure that responsible buy to let landlords are not burdened with so much regulatory red tape they sell up.

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Government’s new Fuel Allowance provides Holiday Homeowners with a Double Win

Wealthy Households with holiday homes in the UK or a pied-a-terre in London, will qualify for the £400 fuel allowance on each property.

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Update – Register of ‘Overseas Entities’ that own UK land now launched

The Register of Overseas Entities was launched on 1 August 2022 with registration needing to be completed by 31 January 2023

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Chancellor acts on VAT for energy saving materials

It was with some satisfaction that the Chancellor announce changes to the VAT treatment of energy saving materials in his Spring Statement.

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Proposed new register of 'overseas entities' that own UK land

The Government is to fast-track a bill through Parliament which will force overseas entities that own UK land to disclose their UBOs.

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New VAT Rules on Termination and Compensation Payments

In what will have come as a great relief to the property industry, HMRC confirm that payments for dilapidations will remain outside the scope of VAT.

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Steps residential developers need to consider to mitigate potential VAT costs

With the sector feeling the impact of the economic climate, developers struggling to sell new dwellings may turn to letting as an alternative.

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We are going to MIPIM 2022

After the disruption of recent years, the Property and Construction team at Blick Rothenberg are delighted to announce that we will be attending MIPIM 2022.

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Landlords need to get tax relief for energy efficiency improvements if the 2050 greenhouse gas deadlines are to be met

No Government funding to achieve net zero emissions means landlords need to maximise the tax relief they can claim.

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Property conversions and VAT

When does a meaningful start to a property conversion make all the difference to your VAT costs?

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Stamp Duty relief for zero-carbon homes

The Government should reintroduce a Stamp Duty relief for purchases of homes that meet a specified standard of energy efficiency.

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Non-Resident Landlord Companies – Managing the Transition to Corporation Tax

Non-Resident Landlord companies that transitioned to Corporation Tax on 6 April 2020 may be preparing their first Corporation Tax returns.

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