Experts warn that new UK additional home property tax will result in rent rises

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Rent prices in the UK will rise as a result of the new stamp duty rate being introduced on 01 April for additional properties as it will hit landlords of buy to let properties, it is claimed. The extra tax, which affects anyone buying an additional home, is seen as a huge burden for the UK’s private rental sector as a time when there is increased demand for rented homes. ‘We’re about to see supply nose dive, demand rocket and rent prices go through the roof. The introduction of the new stamp duty charges is set to push the private rental sector into a state of despair,’ said David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). ‘Back in November, when the Chancellor announced an increase in stamp duty tax on buy to let properties we called this a huge kick in the teeth for the private rented sector. The news that larger investors will also have to pay the tax comes is an even bigger blow,’ he pointed out. The Chancellor had originally said that professional landlords who normally own more than 15 properties, would be exempt, but announced in his Budget a few weeks ago that they would not. ‘We are very likely to see the new tax discouraging landlords from investing in buy to let properties, which will of course mean supply falls. In order for landlords to be able to afford to own a buy to let property, tenants will begin to see the additional costs passed onto them, which means they could see less money spent on maintaining their property, and also an increase in rent costs,’ Cox pointed out. He also explained that a recent announcement over tougher rules for buy to let mortgages will not help the sector. ‘Whilst we recognise the need to look at the important issue of affordability, the proposed measures are far too tough and are yet another assault on the rental market,’ added Cox. ‘Something urgently needs to be done to make the prospect of being a buy to let landlord appealing again, or the vicious cycle of supply and demand is only going to get worse and worse,’ he concluded. Online property marketplace LendInvest has carried out research on the impact of the stamp duty change for those buying additional properties which shows that landlords in London and the South East will need longest to repay the higher tax while Darlington, Halifax and Doncaster are among the worst affected. Landlords in Inner London and Harrow will need the equivalent of 20 months’ rent or more to repay higher stamp duty and landlords in 13% of the country will pay it for the first time as there is no zero rating for additional homes as there is for first homes at £125,000. Towns like Sunderland, Blackburn, Wigan and Oldham could be particularly badly impacted as rental yields are comparatively good but average house prices are below £125,000 meaning stamp duty… Taylor Scott International

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