Goldsmith Williams launches new company buy-to-let service

Published: 31/07/2015

As a result of the Chancellor’s recent changes reducing the tax relief of high income private landlords, Goldsmith Williams has launched a new dedicated service to provide advice and assistance to buy-to-let landlords who are looking to manage their properties through a limited company.

‘These changes announced in the budget were a bombshell’ explained Eddie Goldsmith, Senior Partner of Goldsmith Williams ‘and we’ve received feedback that many landlords are now considering changing their business model. For this reason we’ve set up a new service to anyone looking to use a limited company in the transaction.

Although the legal transaction is essentially the same whether an individual or a company is purchasing a buy-to-let property there are different considerations. Firstly greater due diligence is needed when acting for a limited company rather than individuals in property purchase. Solicitors need to investigate the individuals who are behind the company as part of their money laundering regulations. In addition lenders often require personal guarantees from the individuals behind the limited companies and perhaps most importantly any charge must be registered at Companies House within 21 days otherwise it may be unenforceable against the liquidators of the company.

With all these additional aspects to consider it makes sense to work with a specialist solicitor who can ease the borrower through conveyancing with timely and proven processes and who is on the panel of the specialist buy-to-let lenders. As a leading law firm in this field Goldsmith Williams is ideally placed to offer this service.’

About Goldsmith Williams

Goldsmith Williams was founded in 1984 by Edward Goldsmith and Christopher Williams. In 1986 Simon Cottrell joined the firm as its third partner. The firm operates from the former Harrison Line Shipping Group offices, a Grade II listed building on Liverpool’s world famous waterfront. Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) under number 48089, Goldsmith Williams is one of the UK’s leading national law firms specialising in property, Wills and probate, personal injury and equity release.

The firm prides itself in offering straightforward legal advice in plain English, delivered by dedicated legal teams comprising experienced solicitors, legal executives and specially trained telephone support assistants.

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