Petition to reverse planned tax relief changes

In a recent article in one of the major financial papers it warns that the buy-to-let boom is now coming to an end, it puts the reasons  as the removal of yield-enhancing tax reliefs and an impending interest rate rise.

It reported that 80% of new homes built since the turn of the century have been acquired by private landlords, this in itself   has disenfranchised younger buyers say critics of buy-to-let schemes.

The changes to tax relief on BTL’s announced by George Osborne in his last budget  will  be phased out by 2020, that will mean that landlords could see their returns completely disappear especially those with an interest only mortgage.

A petition is presently running that  asks the government to ‘reverse the planned tax relief restriction on individual landlords’,

The petition states ‘We operate as sole traders and incur costs in the course of running our business. The planned restriction will unfairly target us by preventing us from offsetting costs in the same manner as other sole traders. We ask that the planned restriction be reconsidered as it has unfair implications’.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has stated, in response to the Budget, individual landlords are already taxed more heavily than other homeowners.

The private rented sector is heavily reliant on individual landlords. The planned change is likely to result in higher rents due to landlords looking to offset higher tax liabilities.

In some cases, employed individuals own buy to let properties as investments for retirement. The planned restriction would adversely and unfairly affect them.

The  petition will be considered for debate in Parliament when it acheives 100,000 signatures, it has now passed the 20,000 figure, infact the last time I looked it was at 20,965.

Further details and to sign petition visit website. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104880

 

 

 

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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