A third of landlords who own rental property in their personal name are planning to incorporate their portfolio into a limited company structure, Paragon Bank says.
Paragon’s new report, The rise of the limited company landlord, found that 33 per cent of those with rental property in their personal name intend to incorporate within the next three years, although 37 per cent said it was unlikely that they would transfer their properties into a limited company structure.
Tax was the main barrier to incorporation, cited by 56 per cent of those with property in personal name, followed by a lack of information on how to incorporate (36 per cent) and fewer mortgage options available (26 per cent).
Paragon’s report, based on a survey of over 1,000 landlords, found that nearly a quarter of landlords (23 per cent) own all of their rental properties within a limited company structure, 31 per cent hold a mix of personal name and limited company properties and 34 per cent hold all properties in personal name.
There has been a clear shift in the structure of property ownership from when landlords acquired their first rental property, with 71% of landlords initially holding property in their personal names.
This suggests those landlords have pivoted towards the limited company option as they have built their portfolios, either through incorporation or acquiring new property in a limited company structure.
Paragon Bank Managing Director of Mortgages Richard Rowntree says: There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords who hold property in a limited company structure over the past six years as the Government started to phase out Mortgage Interest Relief from 2017.
“Many landlords who own property exclusively within a limited company structure have done so from the off and that is reflected in the demographic of this group, which is typically younger than those with personal name or mixed portfolios.”
He adds: “There is a clear desire for a large proportion of landlords with property in personal names to incorporate, but barriers persist, such as having to pay Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax. We would advise landlords in this position to speak to a tax specialist who can offer guidance on the most suitable route available.”
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