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Peer2Peer Finance News | July 21, 2017

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Landbay launches accounting service for landlords

Landbay launches accounting service for landlords
Marc Shoffman

PEER-TO-PEER lender Landbay has launched an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service to help landlords on its buy-to-let platform.

Working with an unnamed Big Four accountancy firm, users will have access to tax advice on transferring properties from an individual name into a company, income extraction, transfer of shares, and liquidating a special purpose vehicle.

The service comes with an annual fee of £750 and comes as a growing number of property investors seek to hold their properties within limited company special purpose vehicles (SPVs), seen by some as more tax-efficient.

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“Landlords have been hit by a wave of tax and regulatory changes through 2016/17, and brokers have had to upskill quickly to keep up,” Paul Brett, managing director for intermediaries at Landbay, said.

“As a specialist lender, we want to make this transition as straightforward as possible for brokers and their customers, which is why this service is such an important one for us as a lender.

“From discussions with intermediaries it is clear that tax and compliance is an area where specialist advice is urgently needed, so we’re connecting the dots to offer access to competitively-priced professional expertise.”

Gray Stern, co-founder of Landbay, said this would be the first of a number of non-lending products and partnerships that Landbay will be introducing this year.

“Our goal is to become a one-stop-shop for brokers looking to stay at the forefront of this rapidly evolving market,” he said.

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