Selling a Pub

A pub can be more complicated to sell and you might find some extra hurdles involved discussed in this guide.

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Your top questions when selling a pub

✅ What is the speediest option to find a buyer for my pub?

Consider contacting a quick buyer like LDN Properties, because these companies can typically complete the purchase of any property within just a handful of weeks, and that includes the time required for paying you the proceeds and exchanging contracts. Selling via an auctioneer, estate agent or on your own can all take a long time, at least several months.

✅ Is my pub considered a freehold or leasehold business?

It depends on the type of property, because if you own the building, the business and the land on which it’s located then you are the freeholder and have absolute ownership of everything. You’re a leaseholder if you only own the pub for a limited amount of time, typically many years, and pay a freeholder a set amount of ground rent for the ownership until that expires.

✅ Should I fix a structural problem with my pub before selling it?

You can, but it’s not required, and if you don’t have the money or time available to pursue corrective work for any problem with your pub, you can still get a fair and speedy offer for it by getting in touch with LDN Properties or any other quick buyer. Should you have the funds and time to remediate any problems, that could help to make buyers think the pub is more valuable.

✅ What are some factors that can make pubs less attractive to buyers?

There are several issues that might discourage prospective buyers from wanting to make an offer on your pub. The biggest issue would be if the business is not making any money and consistently has costs that far exceed revenue, resulting in consistent losses. Other reasons that can harm your ability to sell include structural flaws with the building and a poor location.

✅ How can I increase the value of my pub when trying to sell it?

There are a few different steps you can pursue for trying to increase the perceived value of your property. A simple and low-cost or zero-cost option is to clean up the interior and exterior, in order to make the pub as presentable as possible. Lengthier and costlier steps you could consider include fixing any major problems, such as remediating any elevated asbestos levels.

✅ What are the fees that I'll have to pay when selling my pub?

If you sell your pub using an auction or estate agent, you will be expected to pay commission. But you won’t have to pay any fees at all if you sell on your own to sell to a quick buyer like LDN Properties.

✅ Will I pay Capital Gains Tax when finding a buyer for a pub?

Possibly, and much will depend on whether you manage to sell the property at a profit, because Capital Gains Tax is usually only charged on the amount of profit, also called gain, that you make when selling a pub or other type of property. Remember to consult with a tax professional before making decisions about tax and Capital Gains Tax.

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