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Tax hikes on landlords will not help first time buyers say the public

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Fewer than 20% of the public believe increasing taxes on landlords will help aspiring first time buyers.

The figures are from a survey carried out by pollsters YouGov for the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ latest publication ‘Homeownership or Bust?’

Of those who said that something should be done to make it easier for young people to buy their first home, fewer than 20% said that the Government should tax landlords more. This undermines the argument made by the previous Chancellor that tax hikes on landlords will make it easier for aspiring homeowners to purchase a property.

Recent changes have included calculating tax on a landlord’s income rather than their profit, restricting mortgage interest relief to the basic rate of income tax and imposing a 3% stamp duty levy on the purchase of homes to rent out.

Commenting on the findings, RLA Policy Director, David Smith, said:

“These figures back up all that we have been saying.”

“Recent tax hikes on landlords will serve only to drive up rents and reduce supply making it more difficult for people to save for a home of their own.”

“With the wider public now in agreement, we call on the Chancellor to use his Autumn Statement to reverse these counter-productive measures.”



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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.