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There are many types of schemes that maybe a UCIS

Examples of UCIS Schemes


i) Hotels

ii) Care Homes

iii) Student Accommodation

iv) Storage Units / Pods

v) Car Parking Spaces

vi) Burial Plots

vii) Ostriches?


Examples of what a UCIS could be


In our last post we highlighted the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) as stating that a collective investment scheme can be “property of any description”. That could be cash, bricks and mortar or even ostriches according to the Financial Markets Law Committee (c/o the Bank of England)– a point made to highlight that “property of any description” means exactly that!

So, what does “property” look like in reality.


Whilst UCIS Advice Point hasn`t yet seen any schemes relating to ostriches we have seen all of the following:


i) Hotels

ii) Care Homes

iii) Student Accommodation

iv) Storage Units / Pods

v) Car Parking Spaces


However, what might surprise many of you is that we have also seen schemes that are clearly Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes in:



vi) Apartments and Flats (where sold as investments)

Many of these schemes bear all the hallmarks of UCIS and are therefore unlawful in the same way that schemes relating to hotels, student accommodation and care homes etc are also unlawful.


If you think you may have been caught up in a UCIS please feel free to call us on 0207 758 9119 or email us info@ucisadvicepoint.org.uk. You can visit our website at www.ucisadvicepoint.org.uk


Next week we`ll be giving you 5 Signs you`ve invested into an unlawful UCIS.

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