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Minister bans new share transfer flats

Minister bans new share transfer flats

Thursday 20 January 2022

Minister bans new share transfer flats

Thursday 20 January 2022


New flats will no longer be able to be sold as ‘share transfers’ – which allowed non-qualified people to purchase a property.

Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has signed off on a formal decision that newly created residential units will have to be sold on a freehold basis, which is linked to a person’s entitlement to buy in Jersey.

Introduced in 1991 under the Companies Law, share transfer addresses a disparity in Jersey’s conveyancing rules: that a freehold property includes everything above it and everything below it.

This meant that properties that were split into flats existed in a legislative limbo. Share transfer provided a solution: a developer could, for example, buy a property through a company which had X-number of shares, and then allocate those shares to flats within it. 

Buyers would then purchase the shares attributable to each individual flat. However, the law under which they bought it had no reference to housing qualifications.

Now, Jersey’s conveyancing laws allow flying freehold purchase and, to promote local ownership of flats, ministers have decided to end share transfer. 

This commitment was set up in the Housing Minister’s Creating Better Homes Action Plan, which was published last June.

One of its clear policies was to end the creation of new share transfer units, in order to help locally qualified people buy a home.

However, not everyone thinks this policy change will make a large difference.

Solicitor Paul Scally, a partner at Le Gallais and Luce, who specialises in property, said: “I do not think this change will have a significant positive impact on enabling young people to get onto the property ladder.

"This doesn't address the real housing crisis in Jersey and is a side-show, I’m afraid.”

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Posted by john garner on
This will lay waste to the claims of 100s of overseas buyers "mopping up" share transfer properties ..It will make a marginal difference at the fringe .
Posted by nigel pearce on
Time to convert all share transfer flats to flying freehold.
Posted by Lesley Ricketts on
We will see many more ‘side shows’ before the next election from desperate politicians hoping to win back favour from disgruntled voters!
Posted by MichaelEvans46 on
The laws on leasehold property needs to be changed as it recently has in England as well, owners of land charge extortionate amounts of money every year for ground rent which goes up on a regular basis then at the end of the lease they own whatever property is on the land.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
It was always bizarre that rich, non qualified people were allowed to buy property only to let it out to qualified people at, no doubt, exorbitant rates.
Posted by John Sheen on
This is brilliant news for anyone who owns a portfolio of share transfer properties as the government has just pushed the price up overnight. Overseas investors will now have to pay a premium for share transfer properties, leaving local buyers even further behind.

And IanSmith97 - you don’t need to be rich to buy a share transfer or any property and rent it out. You just need to work hard, save a deposit and borrow what you can afford.
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