Landlords: Three New Tax Changes to Know About

Buy-to-Let landlords face big tax changes as the government looks to disincentivise multiple property ownership. There are three main areas in which the government hopes to affect change: Wear and Tear Allowance, Mortgage Interest Relief and Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Here, our financial planners will take you through the changes to each.

  1. Wear and Tear Allowance

Landlords have always been able to expense the maintenance of their property against their rental income. Previously, an allowance of 10% of rental income was given. For example, if you collected £10,000 a year in rent, you could claim £1,000 in wear and tear tax allowance.

From April 2016, this has changed.

Landlords will now only be able to deduct the actual costs of maintaining the property. This is likely to be a sum short of the 10% allowance previously given, which could easily amount to a loss of tax allowance for many buy-to-let landlords.

  1. Mortgage Interest Relief

In 2015, the policy on mortgage interest relief allowed landlords to claim additional rate (45p) allowance on money used to pay the interest on the mortgages of buy-to-let properties.

This is now being phased out as the Government looks to disincentivise buy-to-let venturing in order to increase the housing supply available to first-time buyers. By 2020/21, only the basic rate (20p) of relief will be claimable on interest paid on mortgages.

  1. Stamp Duty Land Tax

This April, the Government introduced a new, higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Landlords who own more than one home will now pay an additional 3% on top of the rate determined by the value of the home.

When combined, these three changes to how landlords are taxed may make buy-to-let solutions less appetising. If buy-to-let is part of your financial plan for the future, and you are worried about how these changes might affect you, speak to our Hertfordshire financial planners today.

Call 01992 500 261 or email enquiries@gpfm.co.uk.

This article is for information only and must not be considered as financial advice. We always recommend that you seek independent financial advice before making any financial decisions.