Just 19% of landlords have plans to offload their buy-to-let portfolio in the next five years


The latest research by the nationwide buy-to-let specialist, Sequre Property Investment, has revealed that despite a string of government changes around stamp duty, tax relief and a potential change to capital gains tax, UK landlords remain undeterred where their investment intentions are concerned.

While changes to tax relief and a three per cent increase to the rate of stamp duty on buy-to-let purchases was predicted to cause a mass exodus of landlords, the research by Sequre found that just 10% have sold part of their portfolio in the last five years.

Ascend then asked if they planned to sell up in the next five years and just 19% stated they were thinking of doing so.

Despite the government’s best intentions, changes made to dampen buy-to-let profitability aren’t the driving factor they were intended to be.

In fact, the majority of landlords stated that they were thinking of selling up because they had become tired of dealing with tenants issues. A problem that was no doubt intensified during the pandemic when the government implemented a ban on tenant evictions.

The next biggest factor when considering a buy-to-let investment is retirement, with most landlords looking to sell up in order to enjoy their golden years.

However, the previous changes to landlord tax relief did rank as the third most influential factor, while the increase in stamp duty tax followed closely behind.

With a change to capital gains tax failing to materialise in the last Budget, it ranks as the least influential factor, with more landlords exiting in order to invest in different asset classes instead.

Sales Director at Sequre Property Investment, Daniel Jackson, commented:

“Investing in property remains one of the safest options you can make in this day and age and so it comes as little surprise that the majority of landlords remain confident with their investment and have no plans to exit the buy-to-let sector.

It’s also interesting to see that the government has failed to intimidate the nation’s landlords, despite a consistent campaign to reduce profit margins and force them out of the sector. In fact, more landlords have decided to leave having grown tired of dealing with tenants than they have because of various government tax changes.

So it looks as though the government will have to actually build some more homes if they wish to address the current housing crisis, rather than rely on hard-working landlords to boost the nation’s property stock levels.”

Survey of 797 UK landlords carried out by Sequre Property Investment via consumer research platform Find Out Now (21st July 2021).

Have you sold part or all of your buy-to-let portfolio in the last five years?
Answer Respondents
No 90%
Yes 10%
Do you intend to sell part or all of your buy-to-let portfolio in the next five years?
Answer Respondents
No 81%
Yes 19%
What has been the driving factor behind this? (Tick all that apply)
Answer Respondents
Tired of dealing with tenant issues 24%
Retirement 23%
Changes to landlord tax relief 19%
Increase in stamp duty tax for B2L purchases 12%
Investing in a different asset 11%
A potential increase in capital gains tax 11%

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