Leasing business premises from a SMSF
Many business owners own the commercial or industrial premises that they use to operate their business from. Often that property is owned by a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF).
Leasing business premises from a SMSF is becoming commonplace. SMSFs can be a tax-effective way to create wealth and provide for your retirement, in addition to providing some asset protection benefits however, they come with a requirement to comply with the Superannuation Investments (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (SIS Act) and its Regulations.
Additional obligations apply when the SMSF is using a limited recourse borrowing arrangement and bare trust when borrowing to acquire the premises and consideration ought to be given to who the members of the fund are and what happens if they were to pass away.
One of the leasing obligations on SMSF trustees in the SIS Act is that there be a written Lease in place. Not only does there need to be a Lease in place, but it must be at ‘arms length‘ and on commercial terms. This effectively means that it must have all of the usual or typical terms that would be expected to be in place if the property was being rented to a third party, for example with market rent being required to be paid in full and on time, with no discounts.
Practically, there are other benefits of having a proper Lease in place and one of them is that on the sale of the business, the Lease can be assigned to the purchaser so that the SMSF continues to get the benefit of the Lease and its protections after you cease to run the business. It also can assist your SMSF to maintain the value of the premises as any purchaser of the land is bound by it, so having a good yield is important.
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