Buy to let property investors not put off by UK tax changes

Mar 08, 2016

property let-by-blog-feb-2015Most property investors in the UK are undeterred from buy to let despite 2016 tax changes and 56% are planning on purchasing within the next 12 months, new research shows.

With changes in tax approaching some 40% plan to set up a limited company for their properties to counter the impact of tax changes, whilst 33% plan to raise rents, according to the latest client barometer survey from specialist lender Shawbrook. 

However, while the outlook for investors remains positive, new changes to tax relief and stamp duty have caused some investors to check their ambitions. Of the 44% who are not planning on purchasing a new buy to let property this year 37% said it was due to the 20% cap on tax relief for buy to let properties making the proposition unattractive and 16% said the 3% extra stamp duty levy on additional homes was putting them off. 

The latest figures also revealed that 49% of clients said they considered regulation to be the biggest challenge facing property investors over the next six months, a significant increase on last year’s barometer results, which found that regulation was something only 23% of investors considered to be the biggest challenge they faced. 

Despite these challenges 61% have a positive outlook for the upcoming 12 months, predicting either a large or small increase in property value. In total 43% of landlords saw an increase in tenant demand in 2015 and 61% saw an increase in their rental income. A further 44% are confident that their business will grow in 2016. Source: Property Wire

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