Stamp Duty increases causes house slump for April

There were further signs of a slowdown in the property market in April, as the number of sales fell significantly, while fewer people took out mortgages. The number of residential property transactions in the UK dropped by 22.5% between March and April, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Analysis by the data firm Equifax also suggests that mortgage sales declined by 16% over the same period. But the figures are skewed by a series of tax changes this year and last. In April 2016, landlords became read more

Buying a house in Glasgow is more cost Effective that Renting

Buying a home is more cost-effective than renting in 48% of British cities, according to a property website. Zoopla analysed the asking prices and rents of two-bedroom homes currently on the market in the UK's biggest cities. It found that buying works out cheaper than renting in many parts of Scotland, northern England and the West Midlands. Glasgow, Coventry and Birmingham were the top three cities for cost-effective buying. Cambridge, London and Brighton were top for cost-effective renting. Top 10 read more

The bank of England does not believe in a free market

The Bank of England is expected to signal a clampdown on buy-to-let lending when it reports on the mortgage market for landlords. The Bank has been watching the buy-to-let market for some time and is concerned about the amount of money pumped into the market and its vulnerability to even a small rise in borrowing costs. Threadneedle Street’s regulatory arm, the Prudential Regulation Authority, will on Tuesday publish a report on underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage lenders alongside scenarios for testing the read more

More Drama With Tax and BTL’s

In a response to the Treasury’s consultation paper into the higher SDLT charges, the specialist lender said the changes risk affecting those who cannot afford to or choose not to buy a residential property. The lender argued that a smaller supply of properties in the private rented sector (PRS) would drive up rents and limit choice for tenants. “Whilst we agree that support for home-buyers is an important strand of housing policy, if the interests of home-buyers are prioritized above the interests of those in the read more

New BTL Tax could be illegal

A report by The Daily Telegraph states Blair and human rights lawyer Adam Smith-Anthony have sent HMRC a letter outlining the points of their legal challenge. Acting on behalf of private landlords Steve Bolton, founder of Platinum Property Partners, and Chris Cooper, Blair’s firm Omnia Strategy argued that individual landlords are being treated differently from their corporate counterparts. The Chancellor’s changes, announced during his Summer Budget, will see landlords taxed on their turnover rather profit. The read more