Within the discover, the administration mentioned the fund’s unbiased valuer had “expressed materials uncertainty concerning TIME:Freehold’s residential property valuations”.
It mentioned this was a “direct end result” of the federal government’s announcement of a session into proscribing leaseholds on rental properties within the King’s Speech final week (7 November).
The brand new invoice will ban leaseholds for brand new homes, however not new flats, in England and Wales, and enhance the usual lease extension interval to 990 years.
The TIME fund invests predominantly in residential freehold properties, so not like other recent property fund closures, it is “not temporarily suspending for liquidity nor performance purposes”, the administration mentioned.
Oli Creasey, property analysis analyst at Quilter Cheviot, defined the TIME fund had confronted issues over regulatory adjustments for a while.
“Whereas that is one other open-ended, month-to-month dealt property fund going into suspension, the causes underlying the transfer are fairly totally different in comparison with the funds that discovered themselves in bother final month,” he mentioned.
TIME’s administration mentioned within the assertion that the invoice would solely influence residential floor rents “and has no implications to our different property property or property funds”.
Nonetheless, Creasey mentioned it could possibly be “massively impactful on the values of freehold investments”, because it risked all residential floor rents being capped at a comparatively low determine, and even completely diminished to a nominal payment.
“Though it’s too early within the session section to have any indication of what the result could be, the chance of the bottom rents being diminished or successfully eradicated is being taken very significantly,” he famous.
This triggered BNP Paribas, the unbiased valuer of the freehold fund, to activate the Materials Uncertainty Clause, stating that it can not confidently worth the freehold property given the regulatory panorama.
This might imply it will be unfair to traders to set a web asset worth for the fund at which items could possibly be purchased or offered, because the NAV might show to be “badly mistaken”.
“It needs to be famous that the suspension is just not a results of any motion by the managers at TIME, who’ve maintained applicable liquidity ranges and delivered constant returns over the previous years,” Creasey added.
“It might even be the case that the session concludes with a a lot much less impactful final result and the fund is ready to reopen with out struggling a major hit to NAV.”
TIME Investments has been contacted for remark.