1Q1. What is the purpose of these questions and answers (“Q&As”) and who should be reading them?
These Q&As are aimed at persons involved in the provision or promotion of financial arrangements involving the acquisition or disposal of land for the purpose of enabling an individual:
- to purchase a property; or
- to raise funds from the equity in a property that he already owns,
They are intended to help such persons understand whether they will, as a result of the Regulation of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Act 2005 and secondary legislation made following that Act:
- be carrying on a regulated activity and need authorisation or exemption under section 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000; or
- be subject to the restriction on financial promotions in section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
The Q&As complement the general guidance on regulated activities, which is in Chapter 2 of our Perimeter Guidance Manual (PERG 2), the general guidance on regulated mortgage activities in Chapter 4 (PERG 4), the general guidance on financial promotions in Chapter 8 (PERG 8) and the relevant legislation.
The Q&As that follow are set out in sections:
- general issues (PERG 14.2);
- activities relating to home reversion plans (PERG 14.3);
- activities relating to home purchase plans (PERG 14.4);
- the ‘by way of business’ test (PERG 14.5);
- carrying on a regulated activity in the United Kingdom (PERG 14.6);
- exemptions (PERG 14.7);and1
- financial promotions (PERG 14.8)1.1