Leasing: avoidance: sale and leaseback of land: special arrangements
S681B-S681BM Income Tax Act 2007, S849-S862 Corporation Tax Act 2010
There are provisions in the above legislation which deal with situations where there is a leaseback following assignment or surrender of a lease. This covers cases where a leaseback of 15 years or less is disguised as a lease for a longer period. In such cases the length of the leaseback is taken to be the period for which the extra rent is payable.
- if a lease has 16 years to run,
- an assignment and leaseback for 16 years less one day,
- at an increased rent for the first 8 years, and
- thereafter at the lower rent which was payable under the original lease,
would fall within the scope of this legislation.
Other provisions extend the scope of this legislation to include:
- variations in the terms of a lease in return for consideration, and
- to deal with cases where one person receives the lump sum and the extra rent is payable by an associated person (for example, where a partner or an associated service company receives the consideration and the partnership pays the increased rent).