Is this the end of the buy to let boom?

on 29 December 2015

Following George Osborne’s July Budget and Autumn Statement, some big changes have been proposed that are likely to reduce the attractiveness of buy to let properties as an investment.


Currently landlords are able to offset their rental income by the amount of mortgage and loan interest they pay. This offsetting will be gradually restricted over a 4-year period from 6 April 2017.


Currently if a buy to let property had an annual rental income of £15,000 and the interest paid on the mortgage is £10,000, only £5,000 of the rental income would be taxable.

From 2020, tax will be due on all of the rental income less a basic rate tax credit on the mortgage interest. In this case the basic rate tax credit would be £2,000 (20% of £10,000).

The table below outlines the amount of tax that would be payable under the current and the new system. As you can see this change will increase the tax liability of a higher and additional rate tax payer considerably.

Now 2020
Basic Rate Tax Payer £1,000 £1,000
Higher Rate Tax Payer £2,000 £4,000
Additional Rate Tax Payer £2,250 £4,750



From 1st April 2016, the government are due to introduce a 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of an additional residential property worth more than £40,000.


If a second home was bought for £280,000 the change in the stamp duty rates will be as follows:

  Current From 1st April 2015
First £125,000 £0 £3,750
Next £125,000 £2,500 £6,250
Next £30,000 £1,500 £2,400
Total £4,000 £12,400






From April 2019 Capital Gains Tax on residential properties will be due within 30 days of the disposal rather than in the following tax year. The government will publish draft legislation for consultation in 2016.



It’s clear that the Chancellor is looking to increase the tax take from buy to let properties and is also looking to make it a less attractive investment. This certainly feeds in to his aim of getting more people on the property ladder and freeing up the housing stock to allow this.

If you have any queries regarding these changes and how they may affect you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0117 942 433.

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