Bank of England has the Buy-To-Let investors in its sights.

Buy-to-let investors face new restrictions on borrowing after the Bank of England’s financial committee warned that the buy-to-let market posed a growing risk to the UK’s financial stability. The buy-to-let market is being blamed for pushing up house prices and stopping first time buyers from getting their first foot on the property ladder. We’ve all heard this before.

Buy-to-let lending has risen by 40% over the past 7 years which is roughly twenty times faster than lending to owner occupiers.  Considering the current returns on other investments I don’t think that is a particularly surprising number.

The 2 million buy-to-let landlords in the UK currently own just under 5 million properties. That represents about 18% of all UK homes. The government are unhappy that buy-to-let investors get tax relief on their mortgage interest (their tax rules not ours) whilst owner occupiers do not.

Buy-To-Let Investors will no longer be able to claim full tax relief on interest from April 2017.

As I reported in last month’s newsletter, the full tax benefit currently available to buy-to-let investors is to be phased out and from April 2017 will no longer be available. The impact of this change on current profitable property portfolios is massive – as letters from angry members clearly demonstrates. Many profitable buy-to-let property portfolios will suddenly become a financial liability. If you haven’t got round to crunching the numbers on your buy-to-let portfolio I recommend you do so immediately with the help of your accountant. It will affect every landlord differently.

The average net yield on UK buy-to-let investor properties is currently only 2-3% so this is a very delicately balanced market.

Meanwhile, landlords still live in fear of the threat of rising interest rates. Probably the only good thing about the recent fall in the value of the Chinese stock market is that it has put back the increase in interest rates that the Governor of the Bank of England was hinting at, only two months ago. Over in the US however Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve is still telling the markets that an increase in base rates is due at the end of the year.

The BOE want to make it more difficult for Buy-To-Let investors to borrow money.

And the pain continues.

The bank of England also want to impose restrictions on the the mortgages available to landlords looking to finance new properties. Last year they wanted to impose maximum loan to value ratios that are more strict than the current rules making it more difficult for landlords to finance new deals.

Is there anything a buy-to-let investor can do other than selling up? I suggested that the most likely result of these changes is that landlords will simply put up the rent. It’s fair to say that the change in the tax rules only affects those with a large mortgage more than anyone else but that is still a large percentage of the market. landlords have proven themselves to be a tough breed who see property as a long term investment. I don’t foresee a massive selling up in the near future.

Landlords with a buy-to-let portfolio may consider setting up a limited company in order to continue to benefit from the mortgage interest relief.  A company currently pays 20% on any gains (which will drop to 18% in 2020) but there are downsides to this. To draw money out of the company you have to take a taxable dividend. You will also need to consider the capital gains and inheritance tax implications as well as the costs of setting up the company in the first place.

Shortage of property remains the key to buy-to-let investors’ strength.

Britain needs around 250,000 new homes every year just to keep pace with the increase in the population. We are now where near that figure. In 2014 only 140,000 new properties were built despite endless new target coming from hot-air politicians. With the shortage of new properties coming onto the market I expect rental prices to increase in order to finance any government attempts to cool the buy-to-let market. I think the market can bear those increases – and I suspect the government knows that too.

In reality, the government do not seem to have the appetite to address the problem of too few houses being built each year – but they cannot wait to impose yet another tax on the very people who are satisfying the ever increasing rental market. It’s just an easy way to get more money from buy-to-let investors without actually calling it a tax.




  • At £100 to double-you’re not really competing with large scale seasoned professionals.

    Once you go down the doubling numbers you begin to compete in effect with institutions and or Goverment policy etc(as that kind of continual doubling becomes an Intrest to the other 7 billion people and stated Goverment)

    As a result-after a handful of these ‘doubling’ moves…the ability and time and competing positions from other investors and said governments etc just make the ability a compounded hardness.

    Hopefully as we become more sophisticated we can enjoy these posts but realise they are like any other headline….attention seeking!

    • I’m afraid that none of that is even remotely true, Gerry. Remember, DYWTAM was written by not one, but two, multi-millionaires using these very techniques. I suspect that you’ve been ripped off in the past by the many “get rich quick schemes” that are out there. That’s a real shame. Having done all of the fourteen levels myself, (and I watch others do the same every week), I feel highly qualified to disagree with every single one of your comments. If you’re not rich now then you have to change your thinking if you want to make serious money. Here’s the thing; “If you keep doing what you’ve always done – you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got”. Stop and think about that for a minute. I don’t know if you live in a two million pound house but if you don’t, here you are telling someone who does that this won’t work. Really? The DYWTAM Programme is a genuine no-nonsense guide on how to become a millionaire – and absolutely anyone can do it.

  • Barry, is it only 10 issues of Double your way to a Million? A friend of mine who is interested wants to know, thanks.

  • hi barry i am interested in your horse racing course and your recommendation of using isiris,i understand kevin booth has resigned from isiris do you still recommend we use this company still thank you,and also i notice on your websitethat it is still dated 2017 .

    • Good question. I have not used the Isiris service recently. I had a brilliant 11 year run but eventually I got closed down by all the bookmakers. I guess that’s a real sign of success but it was fun to do and I actually miss it. I did not know that Kevin had actually retired but I understand that the results this year have been extremely good. Maybe regular readers who still use Isiris can update me on that one and let me know how they are doing.

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