Lenders call for landlord tax breaks

Tax regulations designed to protect consumers should not apply to the buy to let sector according to The Council for Mortgage Lenders in the UK who are lobbying for tax breaks for landlords.

And given the fact that BTL sector activity seems set to rise, the Government should consider the introduction of tax breaks similar to those in Germany and France where rental losses can be offset against income. In some jurisdictions the rate of capital gains tax declines over time which would be a huge incentive to many potential landlords of the future investing for their retirement.

The CMS is calling on the UK government to consider a range of changes to complement the actions taken by mortgage lenders in recent years that have allowed the market to grow. Lenders have ensure that a range of attractively priced loans have become available and landlords are still able to borrow on an interest-only basis, although this should be weighed against stricter criteria in terms of yield.

The CML also has asked government to hold off from further regulation until it has reflected on the current situation in the market, in particular with regards to local landlord licensing which it is felt may deter new entrants to the BTL market.



Rental growth stalls but long term value secure

An increase in the number of first-time house buyers appears to have slightly eased demand in the rental property market, which is turns seems to have checked the recent relentless rise in rental levels.

As the number of tenants drops, so a slowdown materialises with the average monthly rental payment in England remaining constant from May to June 2013. At £737 per month however, rents are still 2.6% higher than in the same month last year according to LCL, parent company of Reeds Rains.

As always of course where property is concerned, the survey found significant regional variation with half of UK regions surveyed seeing rents rise in June, topped by the East Midlands where rents rose 0.7% from May.  The North-West and South-West also saw rental levels surging ahead at 0.5% growth. Compare this to the situation in Wales where average rents are down almost 2%.

The report found that overall the proportion of households in the private rented sector continues to grow and that this trend should continue for the foreseeable future. Affordability of a first time home purchase continues to be limited by low earnings and high deposit requirements plus other factors associated with compliance rules. Hence average rents are expected at least to rise in line with inflation in the coming years.