"For the first time, foreign companies owning UK properties will be required to reveal their ultimate owners on the world’s first public register of overseas entities’ beneficial ownership. The register forms part of a wider crackdown on criminals laundering their dirty money in the UK and the new information it reveals will make it easier for law enforcement agencies to seize criminal funds," the statement said.
According to the statement, individuals who will attempt to sell or rent properties without revealing the ultimate owner might face up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine.
"New data also released today shows nearly three-quarters of those surveyed in the UK property market agree that this new register will lead to an increase in transparency and will reduce the potential for illegal activity," the government added.
The register will be established within the framework of the UK Criminal Finances Act adopted in 2017 and is expected to become operational by 2021.