Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.

Status: This chapter was amended on 31 December 2020 as a result of Brexit. However, it is subject to the FCA Prudential Transitional Direction, which means that firms should not comply with these provisions yet. Instead, firms must follow this link and continue to comply with pre-IP completion day requirements (unless specified otherwise in the Direction). To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Section B of the Annex to the Direction.

IPRU-INV 5.7 Qualifying property and qualifying undertakings

Qualifying property and qualifying amount defined


1Qualifying property is any freehold or leasehold (or the equivalent tenure in Scotland or other territories) land and buildings purchased or secured by way of a mortgage (or other form of secured long-term arrangement) where the security for the liability is the property (and does not include any other allowable assets). The qualifying amount is the lowest of:

  1. (a)

    85 per cent of the current market value of the property (if known);

  2. (b)

    85 per cent of the net book value of the property;

  3. (c)

    the amount of the liability outstanding under mortgage or other secured long term arrangement, excluding any part of the liability repayable within one year.


IPRU-INV 5.7.1R can be illustrated as follows:

Current market value


Net book value



£70,000, including £5,000 payable within one year

Qualifying amount is the lowest of:

(a) 85% x £200,000 =


(b) 85% x £100,000 =


(c) £70,000 - £5,000 =


i.e. £65,000

Qualifying undertakings


A qualifying undertaking is an arrangement between a firm and an approved bank which:

  1. (a)

    is in the form prescribed by the FCA for the purposes of this rule; and

  2. (b)

    complies with the appropriate limitations set out in IPRU-INV 5.8.2R(7).