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SSAP 19 Accounting for Investment Properties

Issued November 1981. Effective 1 July 1981. Amended July 1994.

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Synopsis

SSAP 19 defines an investment property in such a way as to distinguish it from other property fixed assets. An investment property is an interest in land and/or buildings: 

  • in respect of which construction work and development have been completed; and
  • which is held for its investment potential, any rental income being negotiated at arm’s length. 

There are two exceptions to this definition:

  • A property owned and occupied by a company for its own purposes is not an investment property;
  • A property let to and occupied by another group company is not an investment property.
  • Investment properties should be included in the balance sheet at their open market value. The movements in market value are taken to the statement of total recognised gains and losses (investment revaluation reserve). Investment properties are not depreciated.

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The following UITF Abstracts refer to SSAP 19

Current proposals

FRS 100 was issued in November 2012. The standard establishes rules on how to select the appropriate accounting framework for a particular entity. Depending on factors such as size and whether they are listed, UK entities will apply one of:

  • EU-adopted IFRS
  • FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework (EU-adopted IFRS, with some amendments in order to comply with the Companies Act and reduce disclosure requirements)
  • FRS 102 (One standard which will replace existing SSAPs, FRSs and UITF Abstracts)
  • A modified FRSSE

The new UK GAAP is effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015, with earlier adoption permitted.

This page was last updated 4 December 2012