Budget 2016: Another Nail In The Coffin for The Buy To Let Market

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Published: 16 Mar 2016 Updated: 03 May 2016

Budget 2016: Another Nail In The Coffin for The Buy To Let Market

David Smith, Director of Financial Planning at Tilney Bestinvest, comments on the impact of today’s Budget for the Buy-to-Let market:

“In the Autumn Statement, the Buy-to-Let industry was dealt a blow with a hike in stamp duty of 3% across the board. Rates of 0% on the first £125,000 of purchase price, 2% on the next £125,000, 5% on the next £675,000 etc., would increase to 3%, 5% and 8% (and so on) for all Buy-to-Let and second homes purchased from 1st April 2016. This represented an increase of £7,500 on the stamp duty payable on a £250,000 purchase, or a huge £15,000 extra for a £500,000 purchase.

“In his Budget today, the Chancellor seemed to initially give the industry hope by announcing a reduction in Capital Gains Tax by a whopping 8%, from 18% for Basic Rate Taxpayers and 28% for higher and additional rate taxpayers to just 10% and 20% respectively for all gains. However, the champagne corks hadn’t even had a chance to pop before the chancellor delivered another sucker blow to the flailing industry by announcing that the reduction would not apply to those selling residential property.

“If the reduction had been applied to residential property, it would have inadvertently caused a short-term tug of war between buyer and seller in terms of when the sale should go through, and therefore a potential issue has been averted. However, the omission of Buy-to-Lets and second homes from this new, extremely beneficial, tax regime underlines the Chancellors commitment to bringing the industry to heel.

“The future of the residential property market and private rental space is becoming increasingly unclear, as the attractiveness of the Buy-to-Let-market deteriorates at an ever increasing pace. Indeed many individuals would be wise to now look for their property ‘fix’ through other avenues, such as commercial property or pooled property based investment funds.”

To discuss the Budget or any other financial planning topic please contact David Smith on 0191 269 9970 / david.smith@tilneybestinvest.co.uk

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The above article is based on our interpretation of the Budget 2016 and related legislation; it is not intended as advice, and the impact of any changes to tax rates or allowances will depend on your personal circumstances.

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This release was previously published on Tilney Smith & Williamson prior to the launch of Evelyn Partners.