Is rent being driven to record highs by stamp duty changes?

Is rent being driven to record highs by stamp duty changes?

According to Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, collated rental value figures for 2015 clearly demonstrate that rental values have climbed to record highs across almost every borough.

Thanks to the changes in stamp duty, fluid job markets and the way many overseas professionals are taxed in the UK, renting has become a much more attractive option.  With demand continuing to rise and the anticipated exit of amateur landlords from the market, rental values in 2016 are likely to continue on this upward trajectory.

Virtually every borough in zones 1 and 2 saw rental values increase by more than 4% year on year.  In fact, only Richmond-upon-Thames and a small area around Edgware Road in central London saw rents fall.  Rental values became slightly more modest the further away from the city centre with even outlying boroughs such as Barnet and Ilford seeing significant growth.  Hackney was the clear winner with a staggering 33% increase in rental values over the past year although Bow, Bethnal Green and Haringey all experienced double digit growth, as well.

As the British economy has emerged from recession and tenants have finally moved to bigger accommodation in line with increasing household income, the rental market has benefitted.  The most significant change, however, has been the changes to stamp duty which have affected London more than any other area of the country.  With the average of a house in London now standing at over £500,000, many family homes are now liable for the 10% stamp duty rate with many modest family homes even incurring the 12% stamp duty rate.  Many tenants have calculated that they can rent for years, often in better neighbourhoods than those in which they could afford to buy, for the sum they'd pay in stamp duty alone.


Marc von Grundherr comments: “George Osborne has done more for the rental market than any other chancellor in history,” , Lettings Director of Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, “Thanks to the changes in stamp duty rates, he has made renting long term a more attractive option for many tenants.  Couple that with the fact that many overseas tenants can write their rent off against tax but must pay capital gains on any property they own and renting becomes a no brainer.

We are advising landlords who are already in the market are advised to hang onto the properties, and not be tempted to sell ahead of changes to wear and tear allowance and mortgage relief. Many nervous investors will leave the market and when they do, supply will be limited even further. The rent increases that will inevitably result will more than mitigate landlords' extra costs.”

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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