HM Treasury


17 March 2004

Promoting more flexible investment in property: a consultation

In April 2003 the Chancellor asked Kate Barker, a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to undertake a review on the responsiveness of housing supply in the UK.  Her interim report recommended “there is merit in the Government considering a vehicle, based on the US Real Estate Investment Trust (REITS) model, to encourage increased institutional investment.”

In response, this document launches a consultation on how the structure of a new Property Investment Fund might be developed for the UK. It responds to concerns that barriers in the tax system may be contributing to distortions in the market for property investment, resulting in poor liquidity, barriers for smaller investors entering the market and high debt financing levels, all of which may be hindering progress towards a more stable and efficient market, better able to support the Government’s economic objectives.

Consultation responses should be sent by 16 July 2004 to: 

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