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Government's rental sector taxes blamed for curbing house building totals

A lettings trade body says a major house builder has blamed, in part, recent tax increases on private landlords as a reason for not increasing its housebuilding.

The Residential Landlords Association says Berkeley Group, in a trading statement, claimed that a fall in demand by domestic buy to let landlords was one of a number of reasons why it would be impossible to boost housing supply, beyond its current plans. 

It cited especially the decision to restrict mortgage interest relief to the basic rate of income tax and the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of new homes to let out. 


It noted the importance of supporting landlords who, it said, “buy early in the cycle and provide security of cash flow to enable complex, capital intensive developments to be brought forward.”

Recent research by the Residential Landlord Association’s research exchange, PEARL, has found that of the almost 3,300 landlords responding to its survey, 69 per cent said that the stamp duty levy, introduced in 2016, is putting them off investing in further rental property.

“We have long warned the government of the dangers of its tax raid on the private rented sector. Now we see its impact, with investment in new homes slowing and house builders not confident to up their levels of house building” says David Smith, policy director for the RLA.

“Rather than taxing new homes, it is time for smarter, pro-growth taxation that recognises the rental market as a crucial part of addressing the housing crisis.”  

  • Barry X

    Too bloody right, here-here and well said.

    The rip-off and totally unnecessary 3% anti-landlord + anti-private-rental SDLT certainly puts me off buying ANY new properties even before considering the fragile and sliding market (that may yet tumble) these idiots have helped create.

    Even if, after taking the "surcharge" into account it looked like reasonable value I'm damned if I going to make a huge and totally unfair donation to this incompetant and disfunctional goverment.

    Apart from being an unfair and ecconomicslly stupid measure/idea, the 3% anti-landlord surcharge has added a vast amount of absurd and seriously agravating complexity to the whole thing that never used to exist. They 've screwd up SO much with this illconcieved, plain greedy and clearly desperate "popularist" bolt-on tax.

    Totally despise and deeply resent it and will NOT allow it to be used to scam a single penny grm me/us.


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