It’s a stampede! Investors rush to beat Stamp Duty deadline

There is resounding new evidence that buy-to-let investors are ramping up activity as they try to beat the April 1 Stamp Duty surcharge deadline.

Also, more individuals appear to have turned themselves into companies in order to be exempt from an earlier clampdown announced by George Osborne last year.

According to specialist broker Mortgages for Business, limited companies accounted for 43% of all buy-to-let cases in January – up from 38% at the start of the year.

Overall buy-to-let applications were up 27% in January from the month before.

From April 1, a 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge will be levied on the purchasers of second homes, including buy-to-let properties.

Also looming is the start of the phased introduction by which landlords’ ability to offset mortgage interest against tax is to be cut to the lowest rate. However, buy-to-let companies will be exempt from this.

David Whittaker, managing director of Mortgages for Business, said: “Landlords have woken up to the fact that transacting via a corporate vehicle is a feasible option, and in many cases, the most prudent route going forward.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the percentage continues to rise as landlords, especially those paying the higher tax rate, prepare for the forthcoming changes to relief on finance costs.”

The total number of buy-to-let mortgage applications (made by both individuals and limited companies) rose by 27% in January compared to December 2015.

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4 Comments

  1. Property Paddy

    Like all parties, there will be a hangover.

    I hope Mr Osborne knows what he doing ?

    I suspect he doesn’t, he only got a desmond and that was history, not economics.

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    1. Oldtimer

      Well if it was History he hasn’t studied the great conveyancing stampede when mortgage interest relief was removed in (I think) the 1980s and everyone from the solicitors’ senior partner to the cleaner were doing conveyancing to get he deals through in time.

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  2. surreymac

    Overall buy-to-let applications were up 27% in January from the month before.

    Pointless stats unless you know what the long term average is. If Jan is usually up 25% on Dec then so what. If Jan is normally 2% up on Dec then it is a big deal.

    I once paid off one of my two employees and no one noticed until it was reported that I had paid off 50% of my workforce.

    We can all play with percentages.

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  3. seenitall

    65% of all MP’s havnt held a real job

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