Housing takes centre stage in the Autumn Budget
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With issues from alcohol duty to growth forecasts under the microscope, the Autumn Budget included significant announcements on a diverse set of issues. Despite these concerns, attention was focused squarely on the Government?s housing proposals.
Buy-to-let considerations
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In an attempt to help first time buyers and boost home ownership, numerous policy changes since 2015 have made it clear that the government is targeting the buy-to-let market and the purchase of second homes.
Hanging tough
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Concluded in late June, Theresa May's deal with the DUP for a 'confidence and supply' arrangement within the House of Commons has attempted to bring a degree of certainty to an otherwise uncertain climate. Following calls for the Prime Minister to resign after a very disappointing General Election result, it seems that Theresa May's position has been bolstered for the time being.
Making a statement
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The country's housing shortage topped Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement in November, who promised to deliver a housing market that works for everyone.
Interesting times for landlords
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Landlords in the buy-to-let market have faced a double-whammy. Not only did the former Chancellor of the Exchequer introduce a new stamp duty land tax surcharge on buy-to-let properties in April, but as of 2017, tax relief on mortgage interest will be phased out to be replaced with a capped tax credit. If that wasn't enough, in response to new affordability checks currently under consultation by the Bank of England, some of the UK's biggest lenders including The Mortgage Works (TWM) and Barclays raised a key affordability threshold in the spring.
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