Purchasing Commercial Property


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Ċavetta Consulting, can assist you with your commercial property transactions by providing services relating to due diligence, entitlement reviews and the preparation of capital allowances valuations.

Traditionally, consideration of capital allowances was often left until after the purchase of a commercial property. Indeed, before 2012 in some instances, it was better not to raise the subject of capital allowances at all. If the contract was silent on the matter, it could be a significant advantage to the purchaser.

However, since the changes to the capital allowances legislation in 2012, entitlement to capital allowances in a commercial property transaction has become far more important. This is particularly true as purchasers have become more aware of the of the tax savings that can be lost if the “pooling requirement” and “fixed value requirements” are not complied with.

Due diligence

Where we are involved before the transaction takes place (ideally before the heads of terms are agreed) our work will involve the following:

  • reviewing the vendor’s capital expenditure on the property during their period of ownership to establish whether they have claimed the full amount of their qualifying capital expenditure.
  • reviewing the S198 CAA 2001 election, to ensure that it is correctly drafted, and included all the relevant items.
  • reviewing the replies to CPSE, to ensure that they provide the relevant level of detail and appropriate confirmations.

Entitlement review

Our work will initially involve establishing whether you are entitled to claim capital allowances for the property under consideration.

This process has been simplified following changes to legislation in 2012, relating to claiming capital allowances for fixtures contained within a commercial property. However, further issues can arise, if due diligence is not carried out on the capital allowance information provided by vendors.

The main components of our services at this stage will involve:

  • looking at how the disposal has been structured to ensure that it was carried out in such a manner that allows the buyer to claim allowances.
  • establishing whether a prior owner of the property has claimed capital allowances. This will involve, establishing the historical ownership of the property back to 24 July 1996, locating the prior owners and confirming whether or not they have claimed.
  • obtaining all necessary prior capital allowances elections, including S183 CAA 2001 elections where a premium was paid to a taxpayer who granted a long leasehold interest.
  • examining whether a prior vendor could have claimed Industrial Buildings Allowances (including Hotels) or any other allowance that could impact on making a claim for capital allowances.

Claim preparation

Where you have appointed us, and we have established that the purchaser is entitled to make a claim, we shall prepare a claim based on an apportionment of the purchase price.

This will involve visiting the property to confirm what qualifying items of plant and machinery are included within the building and using our specialist surveying skills, value the items of plant, replacement cost of the building and the land on which it exists.

Our valuations are undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out by HM Revenue and Customs and the Valuation office agency.

Our service to you also involves negotiations with HMRC, in the unlikely event that they raise a query on the valuation.

For further information on how Cavetta Consulting can assist, download the attached brochure.

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The Edinburgh Office
64a Cumberland St

Phone: 0131 610 0056
Mobile: 07909 962279


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Glasgow Office

22 Montrose Street
G1 1RE

Phone: 0141 432 0056
Mobile: 0770 333 4317


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