According to the NLA (National Landlords Association), 20% of landlords plan to reduce the amount of properties they hold within the next year.
This is the highest indication of potential property sales in the last 10 years. The NLA asserts that the higher intention to sell among landlords is due to the increasingly difficult taxation environment that landlords are faced with. The measures causing a change in attractiveness of holding properties for existing landlords are:
- The removal of mortgage interest relief for higher and additional rate taxpayers
- A 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of additional property
- The banning of letting fees that tenants previously paid upfront
According to Richard Lambert of the NLA, ‘More and more people are relying on the rental sector for a home, so it is vital that landlords not only provide a high standard of accommodation, but are incentivised to do so by the prospects of a reasonable return on investment.It is our view that these policies are undermining the viability of many landlords’ businesses and removing the incentives to invest in residential property for business purposes.’
According to Simon Heawood of property investment firm Bricklane, the measures will actually favour large scale professional landlords, leaving those with a smaller amount of properties at a disadvantage.
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Two in 10 landlords plan on selling up in 2018