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Buy To Let Landlords Face Rise In Stamp Duty

Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will soon have to pay more in stamp duty, the...

Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will soon have to pay more in stamp duty, the chancellor has announced.

From April 2016, they will have to pay a 3% surcharge on the stamp duty charged for the property.

George Osborne said the new surcharge would raise £1bn extra for the Treasury by 2021.

Landlords reacted angrily to the change, saying it would "choke off" investment in rented properties.

Other changes announced by the chancellor included a new Help to Buy scheme in London, and more money for the Starter Homes programme.

 

 

Holiday homes

Buy-to-let landlords are already due to get a lower rate of tax relief on mortgage payments.

In his summer Budget, the chancellor said that landlords would only receive the basic rate of tax relief - 20% - on mortgage payments, a change being phased in from 2017.

Responding to the latest changes, Richard Lambert, chief executive of the National Landlords Association said: "The chancellor's political intention is crystal clear; he wants to choke off future investment in private properties to rent.

"If it's the chancellor's intention to completely eradicate buy-to-let in the UK then it's a mystery to us why he doesn't just come out and say so".

If buying a house worth the average value of £286,000, a landlord will have to pay an extra £230 in stamp duty.

Up to £60m of the money raised from the stamp duty surcharge will go to communities in England where the Treasury says the impact of second homes has been "particularly acute".

Typically they are places where holiday homes have forced up local prices.

Help to Buy

The Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme in England will also be extended to 2021, one year longer than planned.

An extension to the scheme in London will see buyers who can find a 5% deposit given a loan worth up to 40% of the property.

The loan will be interest free for five years.

Elsewhere the maximum loan is for 20% of the property's value.

In total, the government will put an extra £6.9bn into housing.

This includes an extra £2.3bn for the government's starter homes programme, and £4bn given to housing associations and local authorities to build more homes for shared ownership.

Another £200m will be used to build homes for rent, which will allow tenants to save for a deposit.

There will also be a pilot scheme to trial the government's Right to Buy programme for housing association tenants.

Five housing associations will take part, to help design the final scheme.

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