A Guide for US Purchasers of UK Residential Property

A Guide for US Purchasers of UK Residential Property

Uncovering the Traps Beyond the Transaction

The UK and London in particular remains an appealing destination for HNW US families looking to relocate or invest in residential property, despite the potential to find themselves swimming against the tax tide.


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When acquiring UK property, aside from seeking legal support on conveyancing, US purchasers should seek advice on the broader tax and legal implications. As with any substantial acquisition or investment, there will always be traps for the unwary. Where US purchasers are concerned, the traps can be more common and more dangerous. Taking advice from the outset will enable pro-active planning and help to avoid costly future mitigation.

In this report, Forsters’ partners from across Private Client, Residential Property and Family, along with specialists in the industry, share their insights on the current UK market for US buyers and how best to navigate the specific risks for US-connected clients.


Introduction - A positive outlook for the UK Property Market

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Tax and estate planning considerations

In this article we cover:

  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Life Insurance
  • Wills

A high-value home living room scene


Asset protection considerations

In this article we cover:

  • Use of trusts
  • Protecting against divorce or separation
    • Nuptial agreements
    • Cohabitation

A high-value London street scene, Kensington


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