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Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

Some 60 per cent of multi-property landlords have expanded their portfolio since the introduction of the Stamp Duty Holiday last summer according to new research. 

This includes commercial property landlords as well as residential ones, with both categories looking increasingly outside of large cities for future investment.

Research by Direct Line business insurance finds that 43 per cent of multi-property landlords have invested in properties outside major cities, with 82 per cent doing this because they expect a significant number of renters to move out of cities due to Covid-19 and the upsurge in remote working. 


Half of landlords feel the Stamp Duty Holiday has kept the property market afloat during the pandemic, while more than four in 10 admit it has encouraged them to fast-forward plans to purchase properties.

Around 45 per cent fear the impact the cliff-edge end to the stamp duty tax break could have on the market and the value of their portfolios - prompting many to take desperate measures to get their purchases over the line before the expiry.

A third say they are prepared to cut corners to ensure their purchases are completed before the holiday ends – for example, taking on aspects of the conveyancing process themselves or skipping a rigorous property survey. 



Three quarters of multi-property landlords would pull out of transactions if they did not complete their purchases before March 31.

The pandemic is also influencing the way landlords use their properties: 36 per cent have changed their type of let since March 2020.

  • Barry X

    Panic and cut corners to try and save the SDLT (up to a max of only £15,000 but probably a lot less for most cheap rental properties - and still being ripped off for the 3% "surcharge") before the end of March, even though the price has probably been inflated since last year by at least the same amount and perhaps even more for the seller (not buyer) to take advantage..... (it was called the "mini-boom" but it doesn't mean the increased prices represent genuine increased *value* that is now there to stay)...

    OR.... maybe wait till all the fuss dies down and a few properties that failed to go through in time, or come on to the market after the "holiday" ends, are offered cheaper PLUS you might be able to negotiate a further few grand (maybe even whatever the saving in SDLT would have been) off the price, take your time, do everything properly and get a REAL DEAL if that's what you wanted.

    But personally I think anyone getting deeper into the residential properly market right now, when there's so much over regulation and anti-landlord legislation and sentiment - and more and more to come - is a fool.


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