The team at City Rental Services have been speaking to some concerned buy-to-let landlords in Bristol recently – and their cause for concern is over upcoming property legislation for 2017 around the subject of Mortgage Relief.
From 06th April 2017, the Government is introducing new legislation affecting the current mortgage relief rules for property investors and property landlords.
This measure will restrict relief for finance costs on residential properties to the basic rate of Income Tax. This will be introduced gradually from 6 April 2017.
Finance costs includes mortgage interest, interest on loans to buy furnishings and fees incurred when taking out or repaying mortgages or loans. No relief is available for capital repayments of a mortgage or loan.
Landlords will no longer be able to deduct all of their finance costs from their property income to arrive at their property profits. They will instead receive a basic rate reduction from their income tax liability for their finance costs.
Landlords will be able to obtain relief as follows:
- in 2017 to 2018 the deduction from property income (as is currently allowed) will be restricted to 75% of finance costs, with the remaining 25% being available as a basic rate tax reduction
- in 2018 to 2019, 50% finance costs deduction and 50% given as a basic rate tax reduction
- in 2019 to 2020, 25% finance costs deduction and 75% given as a basic rate tax reduction
- from 2020 to 2021 all financing costs incurred by a landlord will be given as a basic rate tax reduction
This could potentially restrict the profitability for some buy-to-let landlords in BS postcodes, leading to a slowing down of property investment in the city.
What we would advise at this stage is not to panic, or to pull any potential property investment deals, but to instead monitor and review the legislation and make a fully-informed decision based on your existing property portfolio.
If you’re looking for advice on rented accommodation in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.