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SPECIALIST ACCOUNTANTS
FOR SERVICED ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS

Onyx accounting professionals can help you accomplish important accounting functions and support your serviced accommodation business

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Experts in the 'rent to rent' and serviced accommodation industry

Onyx are specialists in providing accounting and financial services for businesses in the Serviced Accommodation Industry.

Whether you are in the Rent to Rent sector, you own your own units, or you are in Serviced Accomodation Management we have the expertise to ensure you and your operation runs in the most tax efficient manner whilst covered from exposure.

There is a variety of  different company structures we we can set in place depending on your circumstances and at what stage of your SA business journey you are on.

Whether you are starting from scratch or are already established we have the expertise to help you plan and scale your portfolio whilst ensuring you are complying with HMRC regulations and reporting requirements every step of the way.

Basic Serviced Accommodation Company Structure

Our company structures are usually made up of a combination of 5 company types. Not every structure will need all 5 companies and some may be introduced at different points of your business growth.

Holding Co

Holding Co - Where monies can be transferred up from the SA Co to create wealth in Holding Co to re-invest in purchasing property. Equally money can be transferred down into the SA Co or other companies sat below the Holding Co.
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A 'holding company' is typically used for when a client wants to build personal wealth and usually sits at the head of the structure. In this instance the wealth generated is usually used by the client to purchase their own properties out right. Profits from a company or companies sat below a holding company can be transferred up into the holding co without incurring any tax liabilities. This is especially useful if you have a business partner(s) and you would like to take money out of a trading company you own together without incurring tax liabilities. Another instance would be if you would like to make other investments outside of the trading company the profits were made in to limit exposure to your new investments. Equally you can pay money downwards from the Holding Co into any of the businesses below. Multiple businesses can sit under a holding company and it doesn't have to be related to this current property structure.

Serviced Accommodation Trading Co

All Booking Revenue and SA costs will be traded through this company This company will have VAT (when applicable) and PAYE. All utility and accommodation costs incurred for servicing book revenue will be accounted for here.
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A 'Serviced Accommodation Trading Company's' purpose is to hold the 'trading activity' of the business. It sits in the middle of the holding co and the lease co. This company is where your booking revenue would come into and all of your over heads such as management fee's, cleaning fee's and rent would come out of. If you are in the rent-to-rent sector this company would re-rent the property off the lease co below where the inital rental agreement where with the landlord is held. This method protects profits made in this company should anything go wrong with a rental agreement or landlord disagreements.

Lease Co

Simple Lease Holding Companies where leases with Landlords are held and they sublet to SA Trading Co. Multiple lease co's may be created if there is more than one Landlord with multiple units. This company is only required when you personally are signing a lease agreement with a landlord.
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A 'Lease Company' is put in place purely to hold the rental agreement between the client and the landlord and sits underneath the SA Trading Co. We typically suggest to create a new lease co per landlord, so if you have multiple units with one landlord, one lease co should suffice. Should an issue occur with one lease, holding all leases in one company could leave your other leases exposed. Having multiple lease companies will protect each individual lease, and you may also benefit from business rates relief per lease company. Sometimes if your units come via a management company, they may already have the lease in place, therefore you will not require a Lease Co

Other companies that can be included in the structure

Our more complex structure offering can include an Investment Company for more short term property investment, and a Management company for those who look to manage units on behalf of other property owners/lease holders.

Management Co

This company will charge property owners / lease holders a management fee to manage their units on their behalf.
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A 'Serviced Accommodation Management Company' is for clients who manage other individuals units on their behalf for a fee meaning it will not be applicable to everyone. This company will sit below the holding co allowing for profits to be transferred up into the holding co without incurring any tax liabilities.

Investment Co

For the purchase of property with short-term ownership plans such as renovations for profit.
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An 'Investment Company' may be created for clients intending to purchase property they only keep for a short period of time and then sell on to make a profit, such as renovating and flipping properties, meaning it will not be applicable to everyone. Any properties that are bought to flip will be purchased through here and also sold through this company. Any gains and losses recognised in this company. This company will sit below the holding co allowing for profits to be transferred up into the holding co without incurring any tax liabilities.

If you are interested in setting up a company structure with us or would like to hear more information please complete an initial enquiry form and a member of the team will be in contact.

Why choose Onyx?

Trust and Availability

We understand working in the serviced accommodation industry can have its pressures. At Onyx you can be sound in the knowledge that you have a dedicated team to cater to your every need. Each Onyx team is headed up by a qualified accountant and they are supported by a Client Manager and an Accounts Assistant. This allows you to have peace of mind that your work will be completed accurately and on time.

Statutory Compliance

Finding a serviced accommodation accountant that understands your specific compliance needs is very important. We can help you by making sure accounts are prepared in the correct format, statutory books and other company secretarial records are kept up-to-date and that all statutory returns are prepared. We will ensure that VAT compliance, HMRC and national insurance registration, and appropriate tax returns are correctly filed. Our experienced team will relieve you of the regulatory burden giving you more time to concentrate on your core business. For more info please visit our Compliance Services page.

Budgeting and Reporting

Onyx can provide monthly or quarterly reporting packages tailored to your business which will allow you to better measure your profit margins and losses at that specific point in time which will give you a higher level of financial control and understanding of the long-term cash needs of the business.

These reporting methods will give you the confidence to invest in any new growth plans such taking on new units or the purchase of property, and will also avoid any hidden scares at the end of the year.

Payroll Services

Payroll Services – Running a payroll can be time consuming, complicated and divert resources from the core activities of your business. 

We ensure that the regulations set out by HMRC are being complied with whilst maximizing tax saving opportunities. We offer cost-effective solutions and provide an end-to-end payroll service, whatever the size or complexity of your business.

For more info please visit our dedicated Payroll Bureau Services page.

Tax Planning

 No matter the size of your business we will help you to understand the tax implications of your actions, therefore you can plan ahead and conduct your affairs in a tax efficient way. We will ensure you are making the most of any tax saving opportunities such as Capital Allowance claims, Research and Development tax credits, and also grant funding.

We can also look into your personal investment portfolio’s which will naturally come with tax implications and ensure you fully understand every aspect and again. As a result we can see where savings can be made.

Interested to read about how we have helped a client of ours with a Research and Development claim? Please read more here.

Bookkeeping and Software

Ensuring you are following the correct bookkeeping practices will have a huge positive impact on your business. Having the correct software to record your transactions is very important, especially when you have multiple business locations and restaurants. We offer software training on a range of bookkeeping packages. Most importantly our team are available to help support you and give training sessions at your convenience.

We are accredited partners with: KashflowDextSageQuickbooks and Xero. As experienced catering accountants we are able to provide the complete service, whatever the size or complexity of your business, or simply provide support when needed.

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