Landlords adding investments to limited companies

by: Rebekah Commane
  • 01/04/2016
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Landlords adding investments to limited companies
Increasing numbers of buy-to-let landlords are considering moving their property investments into limited company vehicles, a survey has found.

The report by BDRC Continental on behalf of Paragon Mortgages found that as landlords prepare for cuts to mortgage interest relief which will be phased in from next year, 41% of landlords are considering moving portfolios into a limited company. A further 5% have already established limited companies. For larger landlords with 20 or more properties, 14% are already operating as limited companies, with 63% considering it.

The government recently confirmed that larger portfolio landlords and limited companies will not be exempt from the 3% Stamp Duty premium, which comes into effect today. BDRC’s research showed that 43% of landlords surveyed anticipate that the surcharge will affect their buy-to-let purchasing plans in the next couple of years. This rises to 63% for landlords with 20 or more properties.

However, demand for rental property remains high – 40% of landlords in the South West reported demanding to be rising in Q4 2015. Landlords in the North East experienced the weakest demand, with just under a quarter reporting increased demand in that period.

John Heron, director of mortgages at Paragon, said: “Recent government interventions into the buy-to-let market are now beginning to impact landlord sentiment and plans. The fundamental drivers of the market however – tenant demand and yields – remain strong so there are competing dynamics at play.

“It is interesting to see that concern about the impact of changes to Stamp Duty and tax relief is greatest among larger landlords. This concern is likely to grow now that the government has confirmed that landlords with larger portfolios will have to pay the increased rate of Stamp Duty on buy-to-let purchases.”

However, Rob Jupp, chief executive of Brightstar, said: “I find the results unsurprising and if anything, this figure might be even higher,” he said.

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