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KEYWORD "Tax Breaks" - 256 RESULTS
'Help the rental sector solve the housing crisis' Chancellor is told

A leading accountancy and business advice consultancy says residential landlords who want to downsize their portfolios because of recent tax changes...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector unprepared for tax changes, accountancy firm warns

A leading accounting and advisory service says key tax changes that could damage the buy to let sector are still not...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS warns new rules and tax changes will force out many landlords

Some 61 per cent of chartered surveyors believe there will be a net exodus of landlords over the coming year thanks...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency survey says 66% of landlords undeterred by tax changes

A survey for online letting agency Upad claims that 66 per cent of landlords are not going to change their property...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Some landlords beginning to quit buy to let, insists leading agency

Belvoir is warning that some buy to let investors are quitting the sector.   “Although we are not currently seeing a huge exit...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide profits dive thanks to clampdown on buy to let

  Nationwide - the UK's second largest buy to let lender - has reported a 20 per cent drop in profits and admits...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims online firms can reduce voids by up to a week

An online agency claims landlords who use online operators are likely to reduce average void periods by up to a week.    In...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns that buy to let taxes could trigger pension crisis

The impact of recent changes to the way buy to let properties are taxed could create the next pension crisis, a...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

IDS is latest Tory to criticise government's buy to let tax policies

Ian Duncan Smith is the latest Conservative to criticise his own government’s fiscal policies regarding buy to let.   Writing on the Conservative...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon says investors want government to scrap BTL tax changes

Paragon Mortgages says its most recent survey of buy to let investors makes it clear that the vast majority want the...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

Far from being wealthy property investors, two thirds of individual landlords pay merely the basic rate of income tax according to...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector tax increases - they're hurting, but they're not working

The Residential Landlords’ Association says recent fiscal changes hitting the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New help for expat buy to let investors facing UK tax changes

Skipton International has launched a guide to help expat buy to let investors trying to make sense of the UK government’s...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender launches financial guidance for company buy to lets

Expanding buy to let lender Landbay says it plans to launch an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service for those holding...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Value of Buy To Let sector has grown 5.5% in a year despite challenges

The latest Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report - seen as a snapshot of the state of health of the...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still viable 'but may suffer because of Brexit'

A new report says buy to let will continue to provide good investment opportunities but requires an increasingly professional approach.   The report,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

Conservative peer Lord Flight, a former shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says the UK needs “a vibrant and growing private...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest tax change - election candidates receive 1,500 letters

Some 1,500 landlords have responded to a trade group’s campaign calling for them to press General Election candidates to oppose changes...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Small-scale BTL investors 'waking up to tax change' says trade group

Single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Valuations chief snipes at government's anti-landlord policies

Buy to let valuations fell to just seven per cent of the total valuations market activity in April as the sector...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market wobbling according to figures from board company

Data from Agency Express suggests that the lettings market is wobbling with a sharp decline in its usual measure - the...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors vague on cost of mortgage interest change

Almost half of the investors in the private rental sector do not know what the changes in mortgage relief will cost...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon refreshes mortgage offer for 'diverse buy to let market'

A well known specialist mortgage lender for the buy to let sector, Paragon, has refreshed its offering in the light of...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Look who's set up a buy to let company ... it's Tony Blair

A landlord has set up a company to handle the ownership and management of buy to let properties - and the...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns: Tax changes are forcing landlords to quit

Letting agents have reporting an average of four landlords per branch selling up and quitting the buy to let sector in...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm leading opposition to BTL tax change says HMOs hit less badly

A property firm at the centre of the campaign against phasing out landlords’ mortgage interest relief says is urging tenants to...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

20% of rental properties now let by companies, says Countrywide

A remarkable one in five properties now being let are operated by a company landlord - and the figure surges to...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors target smaller cheaper properties

Data from the first three months of this year suggests that investors are increasingly purchasing smaller, cheaper properties. Specialist lender Mortgages for...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims many landlords don't know of buy to let tax changes

Almost 20 per cent of the landlords using an online letting agency are apparently unaware of the mortgage interest tax relief...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost half of 'victimised' buy to let investors ready to quit

A new study of landlords reveals that far more believe they will be affected by today’s buy to let mortgage interest...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent rises of 20% to 30% are on their way, warns trade association

Tax rises for landlords being introduced today will make renting less affordable and stifle investment in homes to rent, making it...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Henry Pryor in dramatic Twitter bust-up over 'Tenant Tax'

Prominent market commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor has been involved in a Twitter spat over whether the changes to mortgage...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax chiefs issue mortgage interest reminder to lettings sector

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has issued a reminder to buy to let investors that the first phase of the restriction...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord group wants agents' views on private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association is calling on letting agents in the organisation to contribute to their latest research.    “As part of our...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax change leads to huge fall in growth for private rental sector

Research by a lettings sector trade body shows that net growth of units within the private rental sector - that is,...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

1.4m landlords 'unaware of mortgage interest tax relief change'

The campaign against the imminent changes to mortgage interest tax relief for the buy to let sector estimates that 1.4m landlords...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

A trade body claims that vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax changes - opponents launch new website

The campaign against the phased reduction in landlords' mortgage interest tax relief is continuing with the opening of a new website,...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group names MPs to target over buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association has listed key MPs in marginal constituencies who should be lobbied ahead of the March 8 Budget...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent rises of 30% warns ex-Bank of England chief

Tenants face potential rent increases of between 20 and 30 per cent as a result of tax rises hitting landlords, says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax opponents pledge shock and awe on Shelter

Opponents of the proposed change to mortgage interest tax relief for landlords have promised what they call a “shock and awe”...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Economists asked to assess impact of buy to let tax changes

A trade group has commissioned a firm of economists to look at how the government’s mortgage interest tax relief change -...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby MPs against buy to let tax changes ... urges a Tory MP

Saturday is traditionally the day many MPs hold their constituency surgeries, listening to grievances and opinions from their electors.    Conservative member of...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let investors 'set to reduce portfolios in next year'

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Even ex-Bank of England economist hates buy to let tax change

David Miles, a former Bank of England economist, has described the government’s mortgage interest tax relief reform as “terrible” - but...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty windfall 'justifies scrapping buy to let tax changes'

The government should think again about punitive tax changes to the private rented sector after receiving greater-than-expected revenue from the three...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy to let investors seeking HMOs to offset higher taxes

A property investment financing specialist says an increasing number of buy to let investors are converting properties into Houses in Multiple...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another big rise in company applications for buy to let mortgages

There is yet more evidence that an increasing number of buy to let investors are setting up companies to offset the...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Want to lobby Phillip Hammond? Here's how you do it...

The government has published a new set of guidelines for organisations, companies and individuals to lobby the Treasury ahead of the...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back beefed-up campaign against changes to mortgage tax relief

The campaigners against planned changes to mortgage interest tax relief - set to come into effect from April, phased over four...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body claims half of landlords would ditch agents if profits fell

A trade body claims that 47 per cent of landlords would cease to use letting agents if their profits began to...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

UK 'has highest property tax in developed world' claims consultancy

An assessment undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows property taxes accounted for 12.7 per cent of the...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The days of buy to let are numbered, says Fergus Wilson

Britain’s biggest buy to let landlord, Fergus Wilson, says new investors now will never be able to enjoy the scale of...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP suggests buy to let tax breaks for longer tenancies

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that she is in favour of a tax regime that would reward...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency says government seen as anti-landlord, pure and simple

More than 92 per cent of landlords believe the government is anti-landlord and want the Chancellor to back them in this...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency warns tenants' arrears will worsen next year

An online lettings agency says tenants’ arrears are likely to be the biggest issue facing the rental sector next year unless...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

A quarter of buy to let investors will quit, warns trade body

A survey of 1,000 buy to let investors by the Residential Landlords’ Association shows that around a quarter are saying they...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency holds seminars on impact of Brexit and buy to let tax changes

Another lettings agency has decided to stage a seminar for landlords to explain what Brexit and recent tax changes mean for the...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Hands off Buy to Let' mortgage chief tells the government

Another prominent mortgage chief has called on the government to show its support for the private rental sector by repealing some...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body launches e-postcard campaign over buy to let taxes

The National Landlords Association has launched an e-postcard campaign for letting agent and landlord members to lobby the government over the...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental growth to outstrip sales price growth in next five years - Savills

In an otherwise-downbeat set of predictions for 2017 and beyond, Savills says that rental growth is likely to outstrip sales price growth...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another legal expert speaks against government buy to let tax grab

Buy to let landlords may be forced to raise rents or even sell their properties because of the government’s new tax...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief slams rivals for lending to every Tom, Dick and Harry

An outspoken mortgage chief has criticised other lenders for supplying buy to let products to “every Tom, Dick and Harry” since...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body to lobby Treasury on tax before Autumn Statement

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed that it is to meet with Treasury officials ahead of next month’s Autumn Statement -...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Want to know about buy to let tax change problems? It's all here...

Some of the property professionals behind the campaign against the changes to buy to let landlords’ taxation have compiled a comprehensive...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sector confident despite political and economic uncertainty

So much for Brexit and economic uncertainty disrupting the buy to let market - a new survey out today shows it’s...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief says buy to let tax problems are exaggerated

A well-known mortgage broker is quoted as saying that buy to let organisations are complaining too much over tax changes for...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body ramps up buy to let tax pressure on Chancellor

In its latest bid to push Chancellor Phillip Hammond to back down on buy to let tax changes, the Residential Landlords...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Next year's buy to let tax change will hit almost half a million

The National Landlords Association claims that changes to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief being introduced in six months time...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body urges major tax breaks to boost Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is urging Chancellor Phillip Hammond to bring in tax measures to help the purpose-built Build To Rent...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer renews attack on his party over buy to let tax grab

A senior Conservative peer has renewed his attack on his own party over the buy to let tax grab on landlords,...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign urges tenants to show resistance to rent rises

The campaign group Generation Rent says most buy to let properties are not mortgaged and many landlords are unaffected by current...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let mortgages despite stamp duty turmoil

Despite huge turmoil in the buy to let sector, there has been a significant rise in mortgage activity in the past...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bid to stop buy to let tax grab moves to political arena after court failure

The landlords behind the failed attempt to seek a Judicial Review of legislation reducing the mortgage interest tax relief for landlords...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Failure for landlords trying to overturn buy to let mortgage interest change

The attempt to seek a Judicial Review of legislation reducing the mortgage interest tax relief for landlords has failed. The case was...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2)...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

We need another 1.8m homes to rent by 2025 claims RICS

The government must urgently deliver 1.8m new rental homes as new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveal a...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Key legal verdict on buy to let tax change to be delivered this week

The case made by two landlords to have a judicial review of section 24 of the 2015 Finance Act - triggering...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group steps up pressure against buy to let tax change

As the Conservatives meet at their annual conference and Chancellor Phillip Hammond considers next month’s Autumn Statement, an industry body has...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents urged to lobby MPs over mortgage interest tax changes

A campaign group is urging letting agents to join with landlords in lobbying MP over the government’s change to buy to...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Stop attacking buy to let' government is told by news editor

The news editor of London financial daily City AM has made an outspoken attack on the government’s fiscal assaults on the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief turned MP is calling for new buy to let tax break

Kevin Hollinrake - the founder of franchise agency Hunters and now a Conservative MP - is calling for a cut in...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC quashes rumours of tax change for landlords who sell

Speculation that the government was attempting to ‘slip in’ yet more changes to the way landlords are being taxed have been...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Law Society hits out at government over latest buy to let tax changes

The Law Society has accused the government of avoiding proper consultation and scrutiny in the way it has introduced new buy to let proposals.   They...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New court date for possible judicial review of buy to let tax changes

The date for the court hearing to decide whether there should be a judicial review of the buy to let tax...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency tells Minister: incentivise buy to let, reverse tax changes

Belvoir is calling on the government to reverse its punitive tax policies against buy to let and introduce incentives to make...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another rental group speaks out against buy to let tax changes

The Scottish Association of Landlords - which represents letting agents as well as landlords north of the border - has spoken...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to meet campaigners against buy to let tax changes

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has agreed to meet campaigners opposed to the clampdown on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief. The measure -...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

September date for buy to let Clause 24 judicial review decision

The people behind the bid for a judicial review into Clause 24 of the Finance Act 2015 - limiting mortgage interest tax...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government 'makes it hard for claimants and homeless to privately rent'

Government policy is making it harder than ever for benefits claimants and the homeless to rent homes, according to a new...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty and end anti-buy to let taxes, urges pressure group

A consumer group dedicated to reducing tax says recent fiscal changes introduced by the government will end up hurting private rental...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group says Autumn Statement is chance to rethink housing taxes

The Residential Landlords Association says the build up to the new government‘s Autumn Statement - effectively its first budget - is...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government provides details of buy to let interest tax relief change

Any lingering hope that the buy to let sector might have of a rethink by the new Chancellor over restructuring mortgage...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New Chancellor has been buy to let investor - so will policies change?

The new Chancellor appointed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been ‘outed’ as a former buy to let landlord - raising...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond urged to 'delete all and start again' on buy to let taxes

New Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been urged by an industry trade group to reset the government’s approach to taxing the buy...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government told - you are forcing rent rises on hard-pressed tenants

The government is being warned that without changes to the Finance Bill currently going through parliament it will effectively be forcing rent...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Big rise in mortgages for buy to let investors via limited companies

A market survey by specialist broker Mortgages for Business reveals that there has been a substantial increase in lending in the...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let in London very difficult to make viable - claim

A buy to let property in London is going to be “very difficult to make viable” in the near future unless...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent warns of long-term buy to let 'ticking timebomb'

Buy to let investors face a ‘ticking timebomb’ that may force many of them to quit the sector in the long-term,...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Big rise in landlords incorporating in bid to avoid buy to let tax grab

A mortgage firm specialising in buy to let products says lending to landlords set up as limited companies surged in the...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

No change in government policy in sight despite successful protest rally

There appears no change in government policy on changing buy to let tax breaks - at least not yet - despite...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory MPs speak out against Osborne's mortgage interest relief tax change

On the day of the campaign rally to galvanise support for a bid to win a judicial review of George Osborne’s...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-Osborne tax rally this week will hear from raft of industry experts

The line-up has been revealed for the so-called "Tenants’ Tax Summit” this week - the campaign rally for supporters of a...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New twist in website's spat with BBC over Osborne buy to let tax changes

There has been a new development in a long-running spat between a website and the BBC over the corporation’s news coverage...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords consider using online letting agents to save money

Some 27 per cent of landlords consider an online letting agency to be a more attractive option for managing property than...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Details revealed of next month's anti-buy to let tax change rally

More details have emerged of the campaign rally to be held next month in support of the bid for a judicial...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Judicial review of BTL tax change: fund-raising deadline extended

The two landlords campaigning to win a judicial review of George Osborne’s restrictions on buy to let mortgage tax relief have...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaigners against buy to let tax change raise another £50,000

Another £50,000 has already been raised through crowd-funding to help meet the costs of mounting a legal challenge to George Osborne’s...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors' confidence 'at lowest level since 2006' claim

Private landlords’ confidence is at the lowest level since late 2006 according to market research company BDRC Continental, thanks to anti-buy...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors 'giving away' £110,000 buy to let flat in anti-Osborne protest

Two professional property investors are giving away a Manchester flat valued at £110,000 in a protest against Chancellor George Osborne’s attacks...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister claims buy to let tax changes will create a fairer system

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backed the raft of measures seen by many as anti-buy to let, including the restriction on...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Unveiled - the legal team to challenge Osborne's buy to let tax changes

The two landlords hoping to secure a judicial review of the legislation restricting mortgage interest tax relief on buy to let...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on government's anti-buy to let 'short-termism'

A financial journalist has lambasted the government’s anti-buy to let policies, describing them as “political short-termism ... a vote winner to...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to buy to let tax change: new fund-raising bid launched

The two landlords spearheading a campaign to challenge the change to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief have launched another...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rents will rise to pay for Osborne tax changes, trade body warns

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face. According to a survey by the...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading lettings agency takes cautious line on landlord incorporation

One of London’s major letting agencies is urging landlords to take a cautious approach to whether they should incorporate in a...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief gives Cameron 2 out of 10 for lettings sector performance

Ian Wilson, chief executive officer of Martin & Co, has given David Cameron’s government a “two out of 10” score for...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning that buy to let tax changes will damage sector in two years time

Respected credit ratings agency Fitch says buy to let will thrive for the next 12 to 24 months but the effects...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Decision on judicial review of buy to let tax changes expected to be known soon

The people behind the campaign to seek a judicial review of the buy to let tax changes proposed by Chancellor George...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

A real Tory chancellor wouldn't persecute buy to let landlords

An outspoken attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental sector have questioned whether he is really a...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Low levels of awareness of new lettings tax regime, survey reveals

A substantial majority of new buy to let mortgage applicants are unaware of the mortgage tax relief changes, according to a...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Media criticism building against Osborne's buy to let attacks

More criticism of Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of buy to let reforms has appeared in the mainstream media, with much emphasis...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax change opponents plan major London event this summer

The two landlords behind the bid to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let mortgage interest relief tax...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA chief gives dire warning about image of private lettings sector

The managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents says urgent action is necessary “to make the prospect of being...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Treasury respond to legal challenge to buy to let tax changes

HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury have at last responded to the legal team representing two landlords challenging beleaguered Chancellor...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body tells government: buy to let is fine, shortage of homes is not

The government has been told to back off its criticism of buy to let landlords and instead do more to address...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London landlords particularly likely to quit lettings sector, says survey

The proportion of landlords in central London who intend to sell property has quadrupled since last year’s Budget, according to the...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Major lettings agency may urge its landlords to incorporate

Martin & Co - one of Britain’s largest letting agency networks with 192 offices across the country - says it may...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers, Savills warns

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne - ostensibly to help...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'unprofitable' in most areas if rate rises and tax relief falls

If interest rates rise by 2.5 per cent over the next four years, traditional buy to let could become unprofitable in...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government figures show average private rent up 2.6% in a year

Tenants now pay 2.6 per cent more rent on average than they did a year ago according to the government’s Office...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to buy to let tax change: HMRC to respond by March 16

The attempt to see judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let tax change continues apace, with the government now having...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC must clarify new wear and tear allowance, say tax experts

Agents acting for landlords replacing furniture and other domestic items in homes to let should be given detailed guidance from the...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender woos landlords who have formed companies

Paragon Mortgages, one of the most influential buy to let lenders, has upgraded its website to allow intermediaries to submit applications...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Osborne tax changes - letting agents urged to discuss incorporation

Four in 10 landlords are either seriously considering forming a limited company or will be looking into the option in the...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

25% of would-be buy to let investors deterred by Osborne measures

A survey claims that despite the apparent rush to purchase buy to let properties before the stamp duty surcharge deadline of...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs protest at threat to economy from Osborne buy to let onslaught

The influencial cross-party Commons Treasury Committee says the whole economy could suffer is George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body defends private rental sector against homelessness attack

The Residential Landlords’ Association is standing up for the private rental sector in its response to the government’s inquiry into homelessness. The...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's survey shows Osborne measures hurting private rental sector

Government policies aimed at curbing the buy to let market are directly leading to more pressure on the lettings sector, according...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage chief says lettings sector should 'embrace lending restraint'

A risk expert at a leading buy to let mortgage company says the industry should actually embrace the restrictions on lending...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Top lettings analyst says buy to let changes may mean higher rent, less stock

One of the country‘s leading rental sector analysts is warning that tax changes for landlords’ mortgage interest relief, and the imminent...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Here's the letter outlining legal challenge to Osborne's buy to let tax change

The two landlords mounting a legal challenge to the mortgage interest tax changes proposed by Chancellor George Osborne have released a...

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency asks landlords to contribute to Osborne legal challenge

The franchise letting agency chain Belvoir is urging its landlord clients to offer fiancial support to the national campaign to fight...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

More threats that buy to let investors may quit private rental sector

Around a fifth of investors plan to sell their buy to let properties this year, thanks to the recent measures against...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Another rise in buy to let mortgage applications from 'company landlords'

There has been another substantial increase in the number of buy to let mortgage applications made by limited companies - suggesting...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Osborne has slashed rental sector confidence 'to below crisis levels'

Landlords’ confidence in the buy to let sector has collapsed to an all-time low and is now “worse than levels witnessed...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers fire first broadside in legal challenge to buy to let tax change

The legal challenge to Chancellor George Osborne’s controversial buy to let tax change is underway with a letter sent to HMRC...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders tell government: buy to let reforms may be overkill

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge proposed for purchases of buy to let and holiday homes risks being seen as...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

It's over - petition against buy to let tax change fails to reach target

Just over 60,000 people have signed an online petition urging MPs to reconsider the controversial buy to let mortgage interest tax...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers challenging Osborne tax will contact government this week

The two buy to let investors behind a campaign to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s controversial mortgage interest tax...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax opponents are completely dismissed by Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Letting Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises will outstrip buy to let tax rises, predicts letting agency chief

George Osborne has done more for the rental market than any other chancellor in history claims Marc von Grundherr, lettings director...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body taking advice on legality of Osborne buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords’ Association is taking legal advice on whether George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are a breach of...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent says buy to let tax change threatens supply - just as demand surges

People coming to work in Scotland from overseas are making up an increasing proportion of private sector tenants according to a...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

'The market will stop lenders overcharging buy to let limited companies' claim

A specialist buy to let lender says some mainstream mortgage companies are over-charging borrowers who have incorporated in order to minimise...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes to hurt UK buyers more than foreign investors

Chancellor George Osborne’s buy to let tax proposals are set to hit domestic buyers far more than international investors, according to...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Appeal for experts to help legal challenge to Osborne's rental tax changes

The two landlords behind the possible legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are appealling for “experts, mentors...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors 'set to lose money in over 90% of locations

An analysis by a national newspaper shows that investors purchasing buy to let properties with mortgages are likely to lose money...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Last chance for agents to put buy to let tax views to David Cameron

Today is the last chance for Letting Agent Today readers to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer criticises government over sudden attack on buy to let

A Conservative peer and former shadow chief secretary to the Treasury has become the first senior Tory to speak out against...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

New details emerge of legal challenge to Osborne buy to let tax changes

A legal opinion is expected in the next few days as the legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy to let tax...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

No government U-turn likely on buy to let onslaught, says landlords' chief

Chancellor George Osborne has “effectively declared war on individual landlords” according to the Residential Landlords’ Association - but don’t expect a...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to Osborne's buy to let tax changes after £50,000 raised

The latest £50,000 target to fund a legal challenge to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

14 tax changes in four years will hurt buy to let market warns KPMG

No fewer than 14 different tax changes targeted mostly at the buy to let sector will damage the market in 2016...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Anti-tax change petition gets 47,000 signatures with four weeks to go

An online petition seeking the reversal of the Osborne clampdown on buy to let tax breaks has secured around 47,000 signatures...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

45% of landlords to raise rents in 2016 - many because of tax changes

Almost half of landlords are set to increase their rents in 2016 in a bid to counteract tax changes and higher...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge mounted to Osborne's buy to let tax changes

The man behind the Platinum Property Partners company are mounting a legal challenge to this year’s buy to let tax changes...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Newspaper launches vicious attack on 'buy to let landlord martyrs'

The Observer newspaper has made an outspoken attack on agents, landlords and others complaining about recent tax and regulation changes to the...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading agent claims buy to let tax changes have 'very negligible impact'

Buy to let tax relief is still set to total around £15 billion annually even after changes to tax relief are introduced,...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

More criticism of buy to let tax changes by angry trade group

Treasury proposals to hand greater powers to the Bank of England to make access to buy to let lending harder risks...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Top agency blasts government attack on Ordinary Joe landlords

Hunters Estate Agents have taken the unusual step for a public company of criticising the government - in this case over...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Senior agent urges caution over setting-up buy to let limited companies

One of Britain’s most senior letting agency bosses is warning landlords to take care if considering setting up a limited company...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Country agency asks: are Tories restricting supply of rural homes to let?

The rural agency team at Bidwells says it is concerned the Conservative government may - by accident or design - be...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading accountant slams Osborne's buy to let tax break change

A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians has made a strong defence of buy to let investors who, she...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'Say No To George' petition now well over 40,000 signatures

An online petition asking the government to rethink its raft of tax measures imposed on buy to let landlords this year...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Remarkable article praises buy to let and attacks Tories for killing it

It is not often that a national newspaper dedicates an article to praising buy to let - and even rarer for...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords to make tenants pay for higher tax and interest rates

There is another warning today that changes to buy to let mortgage tax relief will lead to increased rents.  Back in July,...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Private rental repairs 'deferred because of Osborne tax changes'

Research shows that landlords are scaling-back repairs over the winter in order to optimise finances when a new wear and tear tax...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

'More evidence that buy to let is becoming too complex' - claim

The government’s reduction of mortgage interest tax relief on buy to let properties in a major factor for 50 per cent...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Don't demonise Tory-supporting landlords, government is told

The head of a landlords’ association has warned the Conservative government not to demonise buy to let investors who typically have...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' tax sell-off will reduce London rental supply

Franchise letting agency giant Winkworth is warning that London’s tenants face higher rents as some landlords sell investment properties in the...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and government attacked over 'under-regulated' short term lets

The outgoing chief of Whitbread PLC has made a scathing attack on Airbnb and the government for its approach to what...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Tax threat fails to dampen appeal of buy to let insists agent

The controversial changes to landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief and to the wear and tear allowance “have failed to dampen the...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Central London buy to let to be hurt by Osborne tax changes

A prominent buying agent active in prime central London says the capital’s high end buy to let market will become less...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise 16% to 22% over next five years - forecast

Savills says mainstream UK rents are likely to rise by an average of 16.5 per cent by the end of 2020...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Not every country is cutting buy to let investors' tax breaks...

Thanks to Accountancy Age for drawing to our attention to the fact that not every country is tightening up on the tax...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents urged not to be deterred from seeking buy to let instructions

Estate agents shying away from sales of buy to let properties because of recent government clampdowns on the sector risk missing...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax changes passes 35,000 signatures

The online petition opposing the proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords has now reached 35,000 signatures - but is...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Wear and tear tax change to hit rural lettings hard, warns accountant

The Chancellor’s proposed change to wear and tear tax allowance in the rental sector will hit rural lettings particularly hard, according...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand up across most of UK, survey reveals

Around 40 per cent of landlords are reporting an increase in tenant demand in their area in the past three months. A...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Tax body highlights 'complexity and confusion' of buy to let tax change

While almost every lettings organisation has been up in arms at the raft of tax changes for landlords suggested by Chancellor...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Top accountancy body slams Osborne's unthought-through BTL tax plans

“Unthought-through”, “unfair and unreasonable” and leading to “extreme confusion” - those are the thoughts of Britain’s leading professional accounting body on...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Choices chief condemns lack of 'level playing field' on BTL tax breaks

The chairman of Choices letting agency says the government is wrong to say its proposed tax changes will create a level...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax change a waste of time says industry group

The online petition against the government's proposed tax changes for buy to let investors is "a waste of time" according to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Ignore campaigns against tax break changes urges FT columnist

A columnist on FT Adviser - an online service for financial advisers and clients - says buy to let investors have...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Government rules out any re-think on restricting buy to let tax breaks

The government is ruling out any re-think on its proposals to reduce buy to let tax breaks from next year. The Financial...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let may be in danger of becoming a legal minefield warns mortgage chief

A mortgage chief has spelled out what many in the rental sector already know - that the new laws, rules and...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory warns much further to go on removing buy to let tax breaks

As the Conservative Party conference continues, a leading Tory has warned that "there is much further to go" on removing buy...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let gurus claim 25 tenants vying for one property to let

Two of Britain's most controversial landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, claim demand from prospective tenants is at a record high with...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body rejects Labour claims on rents and buy to let tax breaks

There has been a sharp and rapid rebuttal of comments made by new shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggesting that private sector...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government unfair and incoherent on buy to let tax

The government’s response to the online petition against proposed tax changes for buy to let investors is “unfair, incoherent and missing...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency analysis claims landlords undeterred by tax threat

Research by a prominent letting agency chain suggests that despite the onslaught of red tape thrown at landlords, almost half are...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Newspaper challenges Osborne's buy to let tax figures

The Daily Telegraph has undertaken an interesting exercise which effectively challenges Chancellor George Osborne’s assertion that buy to let tax changes...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy to let tax changes

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy to let tax...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents' and landlords' views on buy to let taxes

Opponents of the government’s attempt to end tax breaks for the buy to let sector now have a new opportunity to...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax protest petition tops 25,000 signatures

If supporters of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget restrictions on tax breaks for buy to let landlords thought opposition would die off...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

20% of landlords to quit because of tax break change - claim

A firm of specialist solicitors claims that one in five landlords say they will be “out of business due to government...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax change gets 20,000 signatures

The petition against the proposed tax changes outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in last month’s Budget has now achieved 20,000 signatures. This...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against rental tax change nears 14,000 signatures

A petition to oppose the proposed change in buy to let landlords’ tax breaks is nearing the 14,000-signature mark - but...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent plays down impact of buy to let tax change

A London letting agency is playing down the impact of Chancellor George Osborne’s proposed changes to buy to let tax breaks,...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

SaynotoGeorge campaign founders speak out on tax threat

The founders of the website saynotogeorge.co.uk have stepped forward to explain why they have founded the campaign.  Two Peterborough-based property developers are...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords, investors urged to 'saynotoGeorge'

A new website - www.saynotogeorge.co.uk - has been set up as a nucleus for opposition to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords' income goes on mortgages

New figures from a landlords’ organisation show that mortgage repayments are easily the biggest outgoing for a large proportion of landlords.  The...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

'Landlord Tax Levy Campaign Group' launches

A campaign group protesting against the government’s Budget proposal to limit the tax breaks for buy to let investors has been...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords may produce 'alternative' buy to let tax measures

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a new campaign ‘toolkit’ to enable opponents of the proposed buy to let tax changes...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Government must respond to 10,000-signature online petition

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has broken the 10,000 signatures mark which means...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against BTL tax changes struggling for signatures

An online petition demanding the reversal of the revisions to buy to let landlords' tax breaks announced in the Budget last...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants fear that tax break costs mean higher rents

A survey suggests that renters are worried that landlords who have to pay more tax as a result of changes in...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

6,300 sign online petition against ending BTL tax breaks

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has so far attracted 6,300-plus signatures. The petition, which...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Pressure group in trouble - goodbye Generation Rent?

Pressure group Generation Rent - a thorn in the side of many property professionals in recent years - has launched a...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Renewed concern over buy to let landlord-companies

A critic of the suggestion that buy to let landlords could set up companies to ‘beat’ the ending of tax breaks...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells landlords to set up companies

A letting agent is urging landlords to try to circumnavigate tax changes aimed at the buy to let sector by incorporating...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Non-stop rent rises are worrying admits ARLA

More and more agents are witnessing increases in the cost of renting, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents. Its latest...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Survey confirms buy to let tax clampdown will raise rents

A survey for a lettings organisation has confirmed the belief that the government’s removal of tax breaks on landlords will almost...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

HMRC gives full details of wear-and-tear tax changes

HMRC has revealed the scope of its proposed changes to the wear and tear allowance, as announced in George Osborne’s Budget...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Warning over tactics to avoid BTL tax clampdown

An accountancy firm is warning that there are pitfalls in trying to avoid the higher taxation which will result from the...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Institute for Fiscal Studies slams Osborne's BTL changes

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described the justification given by Chancellor George Osborne for curbing tax breaks for buy to...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Room-rental sector set to explode, predicts lodging expert

Changes announced to the amount of money ordinary home owners can secure, tax-free, from letting out rooms in their homes have...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes will hit amateur landlords most warns agent

One of Britain’s senior letting agents says the people likely to be hit hardest by changes of the buy to let...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax blow delivered by Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that mortgage interest tax relief for buy-to-let homebuyers are to be restricted to basic rate of...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise if tax breaks scrapped, Osborne warned

Chancellor George Osborne has been warned that rents in the private rented sector could rise if he scraps the tax-deductible status...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne makes this a crunch week for lettings sector

This week will see whether Chancellor George Osborne will give in to calls to close some of the tax breaks given...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Calls grow for an end to buy to let tax breaks

Debate over spending cuts and taxation is increasingly asking whether landlords should continue to receive an estimated £10 billion - or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Industry body to lobby Osborne on tax breaks

The National Landlords Association says it is to lobby Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on private rental sector tax issues...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Financial adviser warns over pension buy to lets

A financial adviser is warning that taking advantage of pension law changes and using a pension pot to buy a property...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

We don't know what UKIP stands for say landlords

The National Landlords’ Association has set out a table of where the political parties stand on issues of lettings sector reform...

05 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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