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Invest from British Virgin Island in UK properties - UKPA

British Virgin Island

As detailed in the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (the "Act") introduces a new register, the Register of Overseas Entities (“ROE”) to keep track of the UK property owned by overseas entities.

 The register includes the details of overseas entities and documented beneficial owners.

Consequences of Not Registering your BVI Entity in the Companies House?

  • Prison sentence up to 5 years
  • Inability to buy, sell or transfer any UK properties

Types of BVI Entities Required to Register with the Companies House

BVI Companies

  • Company limited by shares
  • Company limited by guarantee (both authorised to issue shares & unauthorised to issue shares)
  • Unlimited company (both authorised to issue shares & unauthorised to issue shares)
  • Segregated portfolio company
  • Restricted purpose company

BVI Trusts

  • Discretionary Trust
  • Fixed Interest Trust
  • Virgin Islands Special Trusts (VISTA) established under VISTA Act 2003
  • Non-charitable purpose trust

BVI Limited Partnerships (LP)

Types of UK properties Owned by BVI: Companies that fall under the scope of ROE

The types of properties under the scope of ROE is slightly different based on the location of the property:

England & Wales 

Following properties purchased on or after 1 January 1999:

  • Freehold properties
  • Leasehold properties with term longer than 7 years


Following properties purchased on or after 8 December 2014:

  • Registered plot of land
  • Tenancy on a registered lease

Northern Ireland

Following properties purchased on or after 1 August 2022:

  • Freehold properties
  • Leasehold properties with the term longer than 21 years

If you are living in British Virgin Island and involved in the UK Property and real estate, UK Property Accountants will provide expert UK tax and accounting solutions tailored to the residents of British Virgin Island. The property taxes applicable in the UK is quite complex and can be very difficult to understand for British Virgin Island based businesses and individuals. The UK tax system is drastically different from the tax system of British Virgin Island.

Following are the most common forms of ownership structure commonly used by the investors and businesses based in British Virgin Island for property ownership and property development projects:

  • UK limited company with residents of British Virgin Island as shareholders
  • Private Limited Liability Company (LLC) registered in British Virgin Island
  • Direct ownership by individual investors
  • Other complex structures such as trusts and entities based in British Virgin Island

Tax experts and accountants at UK Property Accountants with experience and expertise in dealing with Virgin Islanders residents will be able to advise you on the best structure and execute the chosen structure. We also understand the reliefs and tax implication of the double taxation treaty between the UK and British Virgin Island (UK/British Virgin Island Double Taxation Treaty) signed on 29 October 2008.