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Private Eye's Map Of Land Owned By Offshore Companies


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http://www.private-eye.co.uk/registry

"OVER the last year Private Eye has revealed the extent of ownership of British land by offshore companies, generally for tax avoidance and often to conceal dubious wealth. Now the Eye has created an easily searchable online map of these properties, revealing for the first time the British property interests of companies based in tax havens. Using Land Registry data released under Freedom of Information laws, and then linking more than 100,000 land title register entries to specific addresses, the Eye has tracked all leasehold and freehold interests acquired by offshore companies between 2005 and 2014."

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Amazing work. There was a journalist recently saying that London flats bought by overseas should be considered to be exports. If they want to account for them that way fair enough although it would be misleading and the problem is that they still set the price locally as they're not exports.

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Wow I knew alot of the land around here in Marlborough was owned by the wealthy but after looking at that map im shocked to see that approx 70% of the land in this area is owned by offshores registered in the cayman isles, panama, jersey and luxumbourg. The Rothchild family having a significant presence here might have something to do with it maybe?

It also appears to be the largest blob of tax evasion in the entire UK for freehold according to the map.

Proper rotten borough.

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It is worth making the point that not all offshore companies that own land / buildings in the UK are set up to avoid tax. Nor is offshore company ownership always used to hide the beneficial ownership of the land.

Although I'm sure that's true (as in, not all), it is remarkable how many of the countries that are shown are also rather well known for their attractive tax regimes.

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This thread deserves a sticky. It's a brilliant referencing source.

One of the biggest farmers in my area has land registered to a Guernsey holding company. Flash git. I might register my own property in a tax haven knowing others might see I have done so and assume I'm monied; that'll get the neighbours talking.

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There is a one called "Skylight Property" who seems to of bought up a lot of terraces in my area (in terrible spots) in 2007.Some of the prices they paid were £70k for houses that went for £8k five years before that.

Rough figures they spent £750k on houses that are now worth £300k at best.

They neednt of bothered trying to avoid tax.They will never be above water on the rubbish they bought.

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There is a one called "Skylight Property" who seems to of bought up a lot of terraces in my area (in terrible spots) in 2007.Some of the prices they paid were £70k for houses that went for £8k five years before that.

Rough figures they spent £750k on houses that are now worth £300k at best.

They neednt of bothered trying to avoid tax.They will never be above water on the rubbish they bought.

Capital losses which can be used to reduce tax liabilities elsewhere...

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Capital losses which can be used to reduce tax liabilities elsewhere...

could be acquiring a block of land that has the potential for redevelopment or something else

and, unless you know who the seller of those properties was / were and who the beneficial owner of Skylight Property is.... well, all sorts could be going on

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Round my way it highlights those fields that have been sold off as tiny plots to swizzed foreigners in the landbanking scam.

Manna to gypsies and other scofflaws who might want to set up home in an emcampment without planning permission. Who would the local planning authority take action against?! And would a Malaysian owner of a £10k (ho ho) bit of land really enter into an action to evict that'd cost £15k?

So, itinerant HPC-ers, fill your boots!

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Does anyone know how a house in Dorcas Avenue, Stoke Gifford, Bristol is able to own "airspace"?

The name "Solarfair Investments" gives it away - it's a lease of the zone above the roof on which solar panels are fitted. It'll be interesting when someone tries to get a mortgage for that house.

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Windsor House, Lower Bridge Street and Pepper Street is included in the title

PROPRIETOR

CEREP GROSVENOR S.A.R.L.

COUNTRY

LUXEMBOURG

DATE REGISTERED

25/07/2008

PRICE PAID

£126,462,585

TITLE

CH92488

I found this £126 million for grosvenor shopping centre In Chester, http://www.thegrosvenorcentre.co.uk/

. I assume its Duke of Westminster / Grosvenor Estate / Property co. dodging the tax

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The whole HMRC offshore deal got a good reaming from the NAO a few years back http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/apr/08/revenue-tax-offshore-millions-avoidance

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It is also worth noting that the data set is incomplete

For example, land purchased before 2005 isn't included

For example, land owned by a UK company that is, in turn, wholly owned by an offshore company, isn't included

And 15% of all ownership is unregistered: http://blog.landregistry.gov.uk/giving-85-per-cent/

Or when factoring in crown ownership tenants of 30-50% of land mass are unknown: http://www.newstatesman.com/life-and-society/2011/03/million-acres-land-ownership

Which is probably convenient.

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It is worth making the point that not all offshore companies that own land / buildings in the UK are set up to avoid tax. Nor is offshore company ownership always used to hide the beneficial ownership of the land.

..so they would not object to a directive to come on-shore with full transparency because they have nothing to hide....good....suggest transparency is the way forward for all with nothing to hide....all good stuff.......then we can deal with chaff.... :rolleyes:

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