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A beginner’s guide to costs when buying commercial property

Although many companies choose to rent a commercial property there are advantages to purchasing premises. You will need more money to begin with in the form of a deposit which will be approx. 20-30% of the property value but buying gives you control of the property, your mortgage repayments could be lower than rent rates each month although they are often over a shorter term (usually between 1 to 15 years), you are not tied to a contract and you could make money if you decide to sell the building.

Here’s a handy (though not exhaustive) list of other fees you may need to budget for:

  • SDLT (Stamp Land Duty Tax). The current threshold in England and Northern Ireland for commercial property or mixed-use land is £150,000 or more. (In Scotland Stamp Duty has been replaced with the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and in Wales by the Land Transaction Tax)
  • Fees for solicitors and surveyors
  • Construction, decorating and repair costs. Do you need to make improvements for such things as disabled access?
  • Maintenance costs. These will increase as the building ages.
  • Business buildings insurance
  • Business rates. These are based on the rateable value of the property as identified by the government.
  • Waste management. All businesses in the UK have to pay for any waste created within the business to be removed.
  • The cost of this cost will be determined by the size of the property.
  • Cleaning price will be dependent on Location, the scope and frequency of services and the size of the building.
  • Utilities-including lighting, heating, air conditioning
  • VAT considerations.


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