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Help to Rent and tax reforms among recommendations made to Treasury

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has submitted recommendations to HM Treasury ahead of Autumn Budget Statement, due to be delivered on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

The focus of the trade body’s representations was to ensure that fiscal and economic policy better supports investment in private rented property and that sufficient funding is allocated to facilitate the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

In summary it makes the following recommendations:

  1. Embark on an immediate review of the removal of finance cost relief for private landlords.
  2. Introduce a package of Capital Gains Tax reduction measures to encourage the sale of:
    • Properties that are eligible and suitable for sale to existing tenants.
    • Properties invested in, and utilised, for a period of more than 10 years.
    • Properties where the proceeds of the sale will be entirely reinvested into the lettings business.
    • Poorly performing investment properties.
  3. Introduce measures to facilitate the tax-efficient movement of a letting portfolio into a corporate structure.
  4. Establish a government-backed investment vehicle to allow the sale of properties into a managed fund.
  5. Reintroduce the Landlords’ Energy Saving Allowance (LESA), and establish a level sufficient to improve the tax efficiency of carrying out relevant works.
  6. Set LESA at a level sufficient to improve the tax efficiency of carrying out works
  7. Fund the expansion of Help to Rent nationwide
  8. Establish a national deposit guarantee scheme for the private rented sector
  9. Remove the Capital Gains Tax surcharge for property sales
  10. Introduce Capital Gains Tax tapering and business asset rollover relief for private residential property which is let.
  11. Abolish the Stamp Duty Land Tax levy on additional property

The full submission is available by clicking here.

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