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English money, including a £5 note, 1p coin, 20p coin, 50p coin and £1 coin; our Conveyancing Solicitors in Lancaster discuss buying a property at an undervalue from your parents.
Purchasing your parents’ house at an undervalue can seem like an attractive proposition for both parties involved. It offers a way for parents to help their adult child acquire property at a more accessible price point, while also potentially simplifying the inheritance process. However, this arrangement comes with its own set of legal, tax, and financial considerations that both parties must carefully evaluate.  
This blog explores the feasibility of purchasing your parents’ house at an undervalue and the implications of such a transaction. It’s important to note that whilst our Conveyancing Solicitors in Lancaster have provided general information in this article, there is no substitute for seeking tailored and full legal advice before proceeding with such a transaction. 

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Legal Considerations 

Legally, there is no prohibition against buying a property at less than its market value, including transactions between parents and their children. However, it’s important to ensure that the transaction is conducted formally and follows all the legal requirements for property sales, including proper conveyancing procedures. This helps to avoid any future disputes or claims that the transaction was not legitimate.  
In addition, if the children receiving the gift are borrowing against the property, our Conveyancing Solicitors in Lancaster will act for both them and the lender, so will need to inform the lender of the transaction being at an undervalue. 

What are the tax implications of buying property from my parents at an undervalue? 

One of the major considerations in purchasing a property at an undervalue is the potential tax implications for both parties: 

Capital Gains Tax 

For the parents, selling a property at an undervalue could still trigger a capital gains tax liability based on the full market value of the property, depending on the circumstances of the parties and the transaction. In depth advice should be sought from an accountant before deciding about proceeding with the transaction. 

Inheritance Tax 

If your parents pass away within a certain period after selling you the property, the property could potentially be considered part of their estate for inheritance tax purposes, as a gift. In addition, if your parents continued to have a benefit from the property, referred to a gift with reservation of benefit, for inheritance tax purposes, the full value of the assets could be used in any calculations. This is why it is importance to seek specialist legal advice from Solicitors in Lancaster before proceeding with such a transaction. 

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Financial and Mortgage Considerations 

As our Solicitors in Lancaster explained above, if you are planning to finance the purchase with a mortgage, lenders may have specific requirements for transactions involving family members, especially if the sale is at an undervalue. Lenders might require a formal valuation of the property and could base their lending decision on the lower purchase price, potentially affecting the loan-to-value ratio and the mortgage terms offered. 

Future Sale of the Property 

Purchasing a property at an undervalue could also have implications for your future capital gains tax liability when you decide to sell the property. The gain would be calculated based on the difference between the sale price and your purchase price, which could result in a larger taxable gain, even if the property was worth more when you purchased it than what you paid. 

Protecting Both Parties 

To ensure that both parties are protected and fully informed about the implications of the transaction, it’s crucial to seek advice from professionals, including solicitors in Lancaster, tax advisors, and financial planners. They can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation, help you to comprehend the legal and tax requirements, and ensure that the transaction is conducted in a way that aligns with both parties’ interests, by providing independent legal advice. 
Purchasing your parents’ house at an undervalue is possible and can offer benefits to both parties, but it is important to approach the transaction with caution. By understanding the legal, tax, and financial implications, and seeking professional advice from solicitors in Lancaster, you can make informed decisions that protect the interests of both the buyer and the seller. This careful planning and consideration can help turn what seems like a simple family transaction into a successful and mutually beneficial arrangement. 
So, you’re considering buying your parents’ house at a bargain price? It might seem like a great idea to save money and keep property in the family, but there are important factors to take into account. At MG Legal, we’re here to help guide you through the process and make sure that everything is done correctly. 
Conveyancing is a key aspect of buying a property, and it’s no different when purchasing a family home at an undervalue. Conveyancing involves the legal transfer of property ownership from one person to another, and it’s essential to have a solicitor to oversee the process and ensure that everything is above board. Our team are experts in conveyancing and can provide you with the advice and guidance you need to work through the process smoothly. 
When buying a property at an undervalue, there can be potential issues that arise. For example, if the property is being sold at a price significantly below market value, there could be implications for inheritance tax or capital gains tax that need to be considered. It’s essential to understand all of the potential consequences before proceeding with the purchase, and our team can guide you to make decisions about these complex legal issues. 
Additionally, it’s important to consider the implications for your parents when buying their home at an undervalue. They may have tax implications or other financial considerations to take into account, and it’s vital to have up front discussions with them before proceeding.  
Ultimately, buying your parents’ home at an undervalue can be a great way to keep the property in the family and save money in the process. However, it’s crucial to have the right legal support in place to proceed through the Conveyancing process smoothly and ensure that everything is done correctly. Our team are here to help with all of your conveyancing needs and can provide you with the expert advice and guidance you need to make the process as stress-free as possible. 
If you’re considering buying your parents’ house at an undervalue, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at MG Legal. We’re here to help make the process as smooth as possible and ensure that everything is done correctly.  
For legal advice, contact our Solicitors in Lancaster on 01524 581 306 or email and a member of our team will be in touch within one working hour to discuss your matter. 

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