65% of landlords considering rent rises following budget


Interim findings from a survey of landlords by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has found that 65% are now considering increasing rents as a direct result of the budget.

The research undermines the government’s case that its changes to the way landlords are taxed will not increase rents.

The chancellor announced earlier this month that mortgage interest relief for residential landlords would be restricted to the basic rate of income tax.

Also landlords will no longer be entitled to an automatic entitlement to a wear and tear allowance for their properties, leaving them with no recompense for general wear and tear of a property.

The findings undermine HM Revenue and Customs’ assessment that these measures will have no significant impact on rent levels.

The chancellor had argued that landlords are taxed more favourably than home owners. Both the Institute for fiscal studies and the conservative’s favourite think tank, policy exchange, have warned that this is not correct. Unlike home owners, landlords are taxed on rental income and capital gains.

Commenting on the revelations, Alan Ward, chairman of the RLA said: “The reality is that the chancellor’s belief that rental property is taxed more favourably than home owners is simply not correct.

“Rather than supporting the sector to provide the vital homes needed to support a flexible labour market, today’s finance bill will choke off supply and drive up rents.

“The belief that landlords should be compared to home owners is like comparing apples with pears. The two are vastly different.

“It’s time the treasury recognised residential landlords as a business.”