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Government urged to ‘better support landlords’ to boost supply of rental stock

A growing number of tenants are experiencing rent hikes due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market, according to Carter Jonas. 

The property firm reports that UK rents have increased by an average of 1.2% over the past 12 months, led by an average gain of 1.2% in the East Midlands. 

In contrast, London and the North East have seen the lowest level of growth over the same period, at 0.5% and 0.4% respectively. 


Carter Jonas is concerned that rents are likely to continue rising as more landlords are deterred from investing in the sector by recent regulatory and tax changes, as reflected by the drop in buy-to-let mortgage lending. 

The government’s legislative clampdown on landlords and letting agents have had market-wide consequences.


The report by Carter Jonas indicates that landlords are continuing to leave the market and that the number of new landlord instructions fell again this year, which has resulted in less stock in the marketplace.

Lisa Simon of Carter Jonas, said: “The weight of heavy legislation is continuing to take its toll on the buy-to-let market. 

“Whilst our business fully supports the government’s ambitions to improve standards for both landlords and tenants, the sheer volume of regulation only adds pressure to an already stunted supply of housing. This, in turn, has increased the cost of existing stock.

“The government would do well to prioritise stabilising the private rented sector alongside Build to Rent, at least while the latter is still in its infancy. 

“With 4.5 million households currently in the private sector and only 140,000 Build to Rent units built or under construction, this new pipeline of housing caters for just 3% of households currently renting privately.

“The government needs to consider how they can better support landlords as well as tenants, in order to restore the balance between supply and demand.”

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  •  G romit

    Government is reaping what it has sown. c. 4,000 Landlords net leaving the PRS every month never to return in most cases, if the Government doesn't reverse it war on Landlords there won't be a PRS left to tax or attack, homelessness will be through the roof along with rents . Plus the economic costs on temporary accommodation etc is mounting, together with the social costs


    It will get a whole lot worse if Corbyn et al get into power, they detest landlords.

    • 11 September 2019 11:48 AM

    It will take about 3 years once the full S24 regime has been in place.
    That is how long it took for the dopey Irish Govt to realise their far less onerous version of S24 was massively affecting the PRS.
    But as you suggest the Irish Govt is struggling to attract those LL back to the PRS.
    This is why there is a homelessness crisis in the Irish PRS.
    It will take decades for LL to return in significant numbers to restore the Irish PRS to the size it was before the stupid Irish version of S24 was imposed.

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    There should be big incentives in the form of tax breaks for LLs that build/bring back into use a property. If every LL added just one into the mix, that’s be 2 million additional properties. Every town and city has plenty of derelict/out-of-use properties that could be renovated and revived. Wouldn’t (net) cost Govt. anything to implement either!


    VAT on renovation works on properties empty for 2 years plus can be reduced to 5%, not to be sniffed at!


    Why wait for two years? If we're bringing a sub standard property back into every day use we should get the same incentive.

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    Reduce or No council tax when property empty in between Lets or Refurb.


    Norwich council (left wing) make me pay the full council tax from day one on an empty property, where as 10 miles away Breckland council (tory) give me the first 4 wks free.

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    Great to hear we all need to move and buy our properties in Breckland.
    Its criminal that council charge 100% ct on an empty property yet give a 25% reduction to a single person. Ask them to explain and they can't. Useless thieves.

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Its even more than 100% Steve,
    Long term Unoccupied can and does in some L.A areas attract 150% !!
    Regarding the 5% Reduced VAT, that is a small step in the right direction, but needs to go a lot further with LTSD and Sec 24.
    Also, that's just part of the Finance side - this total Bull Sh*t from Tenant support groups about redressing the balance is the opposite way around.

    • 11 September 2019 21:11 PM

    Never had an empty property even when it might have been!
    Choose any East European name.
    Confirm single person.
    Tenant DOESN'T pay even though on SPD.
    New tenants move in and previous single person East European disappears.
    Council won't contact you because of GDPR.
    Never paid CT for any void.
    These East European tenants can be very flighty!!

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    Come on government, grow a brain cell. You’ve been warned enough times over this!


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