What is a special purpose vehicle company (SPV)?
An SPV/SPE company is a legal entity created for a limited purpose, it can be used for a number of purposes including the acquisition and/or financing of a property project. We have put together a small guide to help you understand your particular needs and whether an SPV company structure suits your needs.
Following the UK tax law changes that restricted personal tax relief on Mortgage Interest. There has been a significant increase in requests for Special Purpose Vehicles/ Entity (SPVs/SPE) companies as properties.
The government introduced a reduction in the amount of tax relief available for interest on buy-to-let mortgages. Since then, there has been an increase in the number of landlords purchasing buy-to-let investments in a limited company rather than in their personal name.
Limited Companies are usually preferred because of the different tax treatment. Instead of paying income tax as an individual, a limited company pays corporation tax, which currently sits at 19%.
What Does SPV Company Mean?
Special Purpose Vehicles are not a specific company type registered by Companies House. A limited company can either be formed as an SPV or become one with some redrafting of the company’s documentation. The special purpose is defined by statements in the Memorandum and Articles of Agreement of the company. It depends from case to case on what’s needed to make a company a special purpose vehicle.
An SPV Company For Property
For example, purely for the purpose of owning a property.
Mortgage lenders generally prefer to lend money to an SPV as the objects in the articles restrict the company from other areas of business.
Lenders tend to relax stress testing when it comes to rental calculations allowing the borrower to maximise the borrowing.
Limited companies are increasingly popular there are several things to consider as they are not suitable for everyone.
Speak to your lender while considering an SPV.
How Does A Special Purpose Vehicle Company Work?
An SPV/SPE, acts as an affiliate of a parent corporation which sells assets off of its own balance sheet.
They also create benefit by achieving off-balance sheet treatment for a tax and financial reporting purposes for a parent company.
Its best to know the requirements of your mortgage lender prior to setting up the company as they may have specific object requests.
Our team has experience drafting the special purpose articles to meet your mortgage lender requirements. We can then incorporate those into your SPV articles and register your company for you.
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