I’ve Inherited a Property – What Do I Do?
Inheriting a property can be an overwhelming experience. There are several options available to you once the property has been transferred to you including living in it yourself, renting it out, or putting it on the market to sell.
Have you recently inherited a property, but you’re unsure what you want to do with it? Maybe you don’t live nearby so renting it out could be difficult. Perhaps you have no sentimental attachments to the property and would benefit more from selling it.
Probate is the whole process of administering the possessions & estate of a deceased person. It involves distributing their assets, money & possessions as per the Will, if one is left, which that person is known as the executor of the Will. Keep in mind that you may also have to pay any taxes or debts.
You’ll also need to make sure that the property is secure and any insurance is up-to-date until you decide what you want to do with it.
Inherited properties are increasingly popular for buyers because they come with no chain in place and offer them the opportunity to refurbish and put their own stamp on the place. They’re also usually at a slightly reduced rate than other properties on the market because of this.
Probate is a difficult thing to navigate, it depends on a whole variety of different situations but generally speaking it can take anywhere between 9 and 12 months to completely settle. It really depends on how complex the estate is and who is dealing with it for you, as if it's small and uncomplicated you can expect to complete it in a shorter timeframe.
The reason it take so long is because there are several stages to probate here's an insight into some of them and how long they can take individually:
When you inherit a property there are a few different costs that you need to consider, which you will potentially have to cover.
Taxes - We'll go into more depth on this later but there are a few different taxes you should be aware of, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and income tax.
Morgage - You must check if the property you are inheriting still has a mortgage on it, if it does you will need to take on these payments at least for the duration of probate. You need to get in touch with the mortgage company who will go through their terms in this particular situation.
Insurances & Bills - When you inherit a property you will need to pay the bills for the household. This involves paying the house insurance and council tax, although you may be able to get a discount on council tax for the property being unoccupied, but that depends on the local council.
As previously mentioned there are 3 different kinds of taxes that you need to consider when inheriting a property, which we will go through below:
Inheritance Tax (IHT) - If the estate of the deceased exceeds £325,000 then you will have to pay inheritance tax which must be paid within six months of the persons death, or you will get charged interest. The tax is considerable, it's set at 40% over the value of that threshold, meaning that if the house is valued at £425,000 you will have to pay £40,000.
Income Tax - If you decide to rent out the property you will have to pay income tax on it, this isn't one to consider if you are planning on occupying the property or selling it.
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) - This is a tax applied if you sell an inherited property. Essentially this is a tax paid on the value that the house has gained, if the inherited house is valued at £100,000 for example but sells for £150,000 you will have to pay fees on the £50,000. You can find out more about this on our page about Capital Gains Tax.
When you look at selling a property that you've inherited there are a few steps that you need to go through to complete the process, here's a quick breakdown:
If you decide to sell your property and don’t have the time or the inclination to sell via an estate agent, then we can help. We’ll buy your property fast, cover the legal costs and can even clear the house before selling it on if this is something you require. We won’t offer you the full price of the property, but we will offer you a fair price. This is a policy we have for every property we buy, not just probate properties. Our service enables you to get a cash sum in a timescale that suits you and it can take the stress out of the situation.
Like we've mentioned previously navigating the world of probate can be quite confusing! As you can imagine we get a lot of questions around the subject, so we've tried to highlight some of our most common ones & provided answers to help answer questions you may have:
Can you sell inherited property?
Yes you can - but you need to be aware that you might have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
What happens when you sell an inherited house?
It works just like a normal house sale, however if profit is made with a value increase since the house was inherited you will have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
Will I have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on an inherited property?
You will have to pay CGT on an inherited property if the value increases from when the house is inherited to when you sell it - that difference will be taxed.
What documents are required for inheriting property?
To inherit a property you will need a death certificate, original copy of the Will, National Insurance number of the deceased, property deeds, mortgage information and bank or building society statements.
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