Section 581: Early exit by notice
1822.This section sets out what happens if a UK REIT or a member of a group UK REIT (including a joint venture company) that was within the UK REIT regime for less than ten years disposes of an asset within two years of giving notice to leave the UK REIT regime. It is based on sections 132 and 134(1) of, and paragraphs 4, 27 and 28 of Schedule 17 to, FA 2006.
1823.This section applies to UK property rental business of non-UK companies (including non-UK joint venture companies) and subsection (7) applies to non-UK companies. See Change 41 in Annex 1.
1824.Subsection (4) provides that one of the conditions for subsection (6) to apply is that assets “involved” in the property rental business (or UK property rental business in the case of a non-UK company) are disposed of within two years of cessation of the UK REIT regime. See section 608(3) for the definition of an asset “involved” in property rental business.