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KEYWORD "George Osborne" - 116 RESULTS
Draconian tax changes shouldn’t spell the end for buy-to-let landlords

It’s now three years since the then Conservative Chancellor George Osborne introduced a series of measures aimed, principally, at cooling the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise 7.5% over the next three years

UK rents are expected to increase by 7.5% over the next three years, as the supply of rental accommodation dwindles while...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Draconian tax changes will force landlords to ‘evict tenants’ or ‘increase their rents’

Draconian tax changes applying to buy-to-let investors will leave many private landlords with little alternative but to evict tenants and sell...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Successive tax increases on residential property are ‘ill-conceived and ineffective’

As the Chancellor prepares for today’s Autumn Budget, more residential taxes are widely mooted to be introduced, according to various experts. The...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor plans another “tax attack” on buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. The...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to take action to restrict BTL landlords

Buy-to-let landlords are having an adverse impact on home ownership, according to new research. Fresh analysis by Onward suggests that the government...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent bombshell

Rent hikes are inevitable unless the government reverses tax changes for landlords, it has been claimed.  Tenants face paying an average of £23 a...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of small private landlords plan to sell up as BTL crackdown bites

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough couple of years, with a raft of changes designed to bring the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London’s super prime rental market ‘has gone completely nuts’, says agent

Wealthy foreigners are prepared to spend up to £50,000 a week renting luxury homes in London, and this now risks sending...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of BTL landlords to offload properties, says Property Partner

Over half of private landlords plan to sell some of their buy-to-let properties this year, it has been claimed. Some 54% of landlords...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage availability: a taxing challenge for would-be incorporated landlords

The majority of UK landlords did not set out to create significant property businesses and, even today, about half (49.7%) of...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London is slowing as government works its way through Brexit negotiations

The market in London started to slow about three years ago, with property prices at the upper to high end of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Chancellor Philip Hammond is blasted for failing to act on ‘punitive tax changes’

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been slammed by Belvoir for failing to address taxes on buy-to-let landlords imposed by his predecessor George...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Philip Hammond urged to scrap stamp duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond should scrap stamp duty because it would encourage more buy-to-let landlords to invest in the private rented...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free landlord investment show takes place in London today

Buy-to-let landlords and property enthusiasts will descend on the Olympia Conference Centre in London today where they will be able to...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax and affordability test changes prompt landlords to set up structures

A growing number of landlords are turning to corporate structures in an effort to reduce tax liability and avoid stringent new...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

A growing number of tenants are ‘stuck in a never ending rental trap’

The scare tactics adopted by the government to keep Britain in the EU ahead of last year’s Brexit referendum saw the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords not confident about ‘stable’ rental yields

Rental yields remain steady, and yet many buy-to-let landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on rental income, a...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith speaks out in support of private landlords

Many buy-to-let landlords will undoubtedly commend former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith for slamming anti-buy-to-let legislation introduced by the former chancellor...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government’s digital tax U-turn welcomed by trade body

The government yesterday announced a U-turn on the extent of the 'Making Tax Digital' requirements, and the move has been warmly...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax u-turn needed to ensure PRS ‘continues to perform well’

Given that Britain will soon have one of the toughest tax regimes for private landlords in the western world once mortgage...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax rises targeting landlords end up hurting tenants, says ex-BoE policymaker

The government’s decision to increase taxes for landlords over the past 18 months or so have been described as ‘profoundly wrongheaded’...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne’s Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Significantly more landlords using limited companies to beat BTL tax changes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of landlords using limited companies to manage their buy-to-let portfolios as a...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘wiping out the buy-to-let economy’

Philip Hammond’s failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of landlords undeterred by tax changes

The government’s decision to introduce a raft of changes, including buy-to-let tax hikes, to create what the former chancellor George Osborne...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

RLA urges landlords to lobby MPs over tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging landlords to lobby their local MP over taxation changes announced by the now former...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government urged to reconsider changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is urging the government to reconsider pending taxation changes announced by the now former chancellor George...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending falls following introduction of new rules

Paragon Bank witnessed a sharp decline in its buy-to-let lending in the final quarter last year following the introduction of more...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s super-prime rental market benefits from sales slowdown

The prime rental market in the capital has benefitted from the sales slowdown, with greater stock and more people needing to...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in limited company buy-to-let applications

An increasing number of buy-to-let landlords are looking to overcome recent government interventions in the market by acquiring property via limited...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered, says Fergus Wilson

Tax changes and more stringent mortgage lending conditions will sound the death knell for small buy-to-let landlords, according to Britain’s largest...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let purchases plummet following government’s ‘war on landlords’

There has been a sharp decline in the volume of buy-to-let transactions following the government’s outright assault on buy-to-let landlords, according...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

MP’s call for stamp duty to be payable by the seller, not the buyer, gains support

Stamp duty should be coughed up by those selling their home rather than purchasers as this would boost property transactions, while...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement ‘missed opportunity’ to support buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have been left disappointed at the 'missed opportunity' in the Autumn Statement to support those that invest in the...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England gets new powers to curb buy-to-let lending

The Bank of England will be granted new powers by the government to regulate mortgages used by small buy-to-let landlords to...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Many buy-to-let landlords plan to add to their buy-to-let portfolio

A significant number of buy-to-let landlords are planning to increase their property portfolios over the next few years, according to research...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA urges landlords to lobby parliament over tax changes

The National Landlords Association (NLA) continues to urge landlords to lobby the government over taxation changes announced by the now former...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Greater ‘appetite’ for buy-to-let properties after ‘topsy-turvy’ summer

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough year, with a raft of changes designed to bring the booming housing...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let levy on landlords sees £670m boost for the taxman

A quarter of all residential properties acquired in the summer were either a buy-to-let investment or a second home, fresh data...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA continuing to lobby Treasury for buy-to-let tax changes

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to be...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Chancellor must invest in housing and give buy-to-let landlords a break

Our new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, looks like a considered man and one hopes that he will be able to ‘kick away’...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer condemns government’s attack on buy-to-let

Lord Flight, a former Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has once again slammed his own party’s buy-to-let tax changes,...

22 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Ireland’s decision to scrap buy-to-let tax is a warning to Britain

As the UK prepares to change the way landlords are taxed by scrapping the existing rules that permit them to offset all...

22 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgage lending rockets despite stamp duty hike

From a landlord’s perspective, it has been a tough year, with a raft of changes designed to bring the booming housing...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed last week in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Disappointment for landlords as court rejects full judicial review of BTL tax

Landlords represented by Cherie Blair have failed in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs

Many tenants renting privately are likely to be hit with rent hikes following recent changes to the tax regime for landlords,...

08 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government to be challenged in court today over BTL tax grab

Landlords fighting to prevent punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income being introduced in April 2017 are ‘hopeful’ that a hearing...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade association calls for reversal of stamp duty hike on BTL homes

The chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to reverse George Osborne’s outright assault on buy-to-let by scrapping the 3% stamp duty...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property investors target UK’s northern cities

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Society of Mortgage Professionals launches buy-to-let CPD events

The Society of Mortgage Professionals (SMP) has announced that it will deliver a CPD event programme dedicated to buy-to-let following the...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlord on course to make £200m profit

The UK’s largest private landlord has sold almost half of his entire portfolio of around 900 residential properties, according to the...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy-to-let activity post-Brexit

Buy-to-let activity surged in August despite the various economic and political challenges that the sector has faced recently, fresh research shows. Despite the...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Encourage landlords to “exit their investments” by simplifying CGT

The government could go a long way towards boosting the stock of properties available for sale, which remains close to record...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

MP backs call to cut tax for landlords

Kevin Hollinrake, the Conservative MP and co-founder of Hunters estate agents, has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill calling for...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Court date set for potential judicial review of landlord tax relief

Landlords fighting to prevent punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let landlords being introduced next year will get their day in court,...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental expert calls on new Housing Minister to reverse tax changes

The head of the UK's largest property franchise group has called on the new Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, to reverse 'punitive...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The first figures following the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords and second homebuyers have been released by...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government needs to restore confidence in rental investment market

New Prime Minister Theresa May will undoubtedly have a number of things to do on her to-do list, but among the...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords may wish to reconsider plans to sell-off property as savings rates plummet

For many people buy-to-let has been an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility....

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents ‘remain in check’ despite greater tenant demand

Annual rental value growth in prime central London continued to fall in June, down 3%, despite a rise in the level...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords have little alternative but to pass extra costs onto tenants

Private landlords are being forced to increase rents just to have a chance of meeting their mortgage obligations and other costs,...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let: Landlords expected to set up companies to save tax

Landlords are increasingly expected to exploit a loophole in the law that allows them to avoid the Chancellor George Osborne’s hefty, punitive...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MP backs bid to cut capital gains tax for landlords

An MP has spoken out in favour of buy-to-let landlords by insisting that they should never have been denied a tax...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit turmoil hits landlord’s attempt to offload 900 homes

One of the UK’s largest and most controversial private landlords has seen his attempts to sell his entire portfolio of around...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to remain calm after Brexit vote

There is no need for landlords to panic following Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, according to the National Landlords...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain votes to leave the EU today?

With just hours remaining until the polls close, the outcome of the EU referendum is too close to call. The sense of...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors to sell up in droves

Thousands of landlords will be forced to sell up over the next couple of years amid Chancellor George Osborne’s tax hikes...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrap rental deposits, says agent

The government’s intention to reform rental deposits has been broadly welcomed, but one letting agent believes that they should be abolished altogether. The...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand continues to grow

Despite the chancellor George Osborne’s attempts to create what he described as a “level playing field” between landlords and those buying...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords fight back against BTL tax grab, but low chance of success

A legal campaign to fight punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let landlords continues to build momentum as campaigners move closer to...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors want extra stamp duty scrapped

Professional investors should be exempt from the recently introduced 3% stamp duty surcharge, according to the Better Renting for Britain campaign. Some of...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent rises as supply of rental properties falls

Tenants are facing higher rents as the supply of rental properties continues to fall due to George Osborne’s hefty, punitive tax...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Top Ten Best Places to Invest in Property in the UK

The North West of England tops the charts as the best place to invest for high annual rental yields, whereas the...

31 May 2016

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2,303 new UK landlords every week

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

More UK landlords set to invest in homes overseas

Almost a quarter of landlords in the UK are now considering investing in property abroad to avoid the new stamp duty...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to oppose mortgage tax relief

Small-scale landlords with mortgages on their buy-to-let properties are being urged to fight back against unjust mortgage tax relief changes by...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

New buy-to-let mortgage products for LLP customers

Kent Reliance has started lending to customers seeking to borrow money through a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), with a view to...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let dash boosts landlords' profits

Buy-to-let landlords enjoyed total annual returns of 12.2% over the past year helped by the flurry of purchases in the run-up...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

BUDGET 2016: Blow to corporate investors

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property will include those who buy...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

BUDGET 2016: CGT cut – but not for landlords

George Osborne has slashed the capital gains tax (CGT) rate – but not for landlords, prompting an angry response from the...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Paragon calls for halt on landlord tax changes

Specialist mortgage lender Paragon has called on the Chancellor to make no further changes to the taxation of landlords in today's...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property experts says tax changes will lead to higher rents

One of the country‘s leading rental sector analysts is warning that tax changes for landlords’ mortgage interest relief, and the imminent...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords say “reasonable chance” of judicial review of BTL tax change

The two landlords behind a campaign to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s controversial mortgage interest tax relief change say...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rush to buy as landlords aim to beat stamp duty hike

A north London estate agents has reported an increase in investors looking to buy before April in order to avoid having...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

New Buy-to-Let Legislations – What Are the Implications for Landlords?

LandlordToday welcomes David Rowand of Cairn Estate Agency with a guest post on implications for landlords from the new buy-to-let legislation. Landlords across the...

08 January 2016

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RLA: Government has “declared war” on landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused the Government of declaring war on individual landlords and described 2015 as an “annus...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let targeted as Scotland slaps extra 3% duty on 'additional homes'

Scottish finance minister John Swinney is to introduce a 3% surcharge on the full purchase price of all ‘additional properties –...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government poised to launch farcical buy to let mortgage consultation

The government is poised to launch a consultation document which is expected to advocate further restrictions on buy-to-let mortgage lending. The formal...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Basel Committee joins assault on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let is in the line of fire again with reports that officials at the Basel Committee are looking to get tough...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL tax clampdown “won’t help Generation Rent”

The mortgage director of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations has said that George Osborne’s clampdown on buy-to-let...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

London Help To Buy scheme launched

The Autumn Statement also saw the Help To Buy scheme tweaked to help first-time buyers purchasing property in London. The scheme is...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL stamp duty changes: the industry reacts

Landlords and property experts have continued to express their anger at changes to the stamp duty regime announced in the Autumn...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord tax changes will lead to rent increases, says survey

More than two thirds of landlords say that changes to buy-to-let mortgage tax relief will lead to increased rents, according to...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Anger from landlords at Osborne’s move to impose extra 3% buy to let stamp duty

There has been an angry reaction from landlord organisations and others to the news that buy to let and second home...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Petition against buy to let tax changes passes 35,000 signatures

The online petition opposing the proposed tax changes for buy to let landlords has now reached 35,000 signatures – but is...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne has “jumped the gun” on BTL regulation, say lenders

Mortgage industry insiders have expressed concern about the Government’s plans to allow the Bank of England to intervene in the buy-to-let...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne says tougher buy-to-let regulation on its way

Chancellor George Osborne has said that the Bank of England was likely to receive powers it had asked for to regulate...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

NLA urges landlords to lobby parliament over tax changes

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has urged landlords to lobby the government over taxation changes announced in July's Summer Budget.  The association...

25 September 2015

From: Breaking News

'Two thirds of landlords face tax bombshell' - RLA

Over 60% of private landlords face being pushed from basic to higher rates of income tax as a result of reforms...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy-to-let tax changes

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy-to-let tax breaks. Alex Chesterman,...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government responds to tax change petition

The Government has responded to a petition opposing changes to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgages announced in the summer budget. From April...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let investors must act to beat tax crackdown

Tax specialists have urged buy-to-let landlords affected by Chancellor George Osborne’s tax crackdown to act now to ensure their sums still...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA appeals for alternative tax solutions to present to the Treasury

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has asked for landlords’ help in proposing alternative “tax solutions” to the Government. In the summer Budget...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

RLA launches “campaigning” toolkit for tax-hit landlords

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a new campaign page full of tools to enable landlords to lobby against the...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

HMRC gives full details of wear-and-tear tax changes

HMRC has revealed the scope of its proposed changes to the wear and tear allowance, as announced in George Osborne’s budget...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

NLA: 400,000 landlords affected by property damage

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK (29%) have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months, according...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords warn of higher rents, tenants in denial

Opinions are split about whether limiting the amount of tax relief landlords can claim on mortgage interest payments will cause private...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Tax relief blow for landlords – the industry reacts

Experts warn that rents will rise after Chancellor George Osborne announced a cut in tax relief to landlords in the summer...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Summer Budget update

Chancellor George Osbourne, has announced a series of measures impacting on the property industry, including: Buy To Let landlords to have mortgage...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Summer Budget: Tax relief blow for landlords

Tax relief on buy-to-let interest payments will be restricted to 20% basic rate tax, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in the...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

What will the Budget hold for landlords?

Chancellor George Osborne is presenting the “summer budget” tomorrow with rumours circulating that he will give in to calls to close...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

New government plans to provide 95% of UK with superfast broadband by 2017

After months of campaigning and deliberating, polling day is now behind us. With all the election stories doing the rounds, we...

11 May 2015

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