According to a recent survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, there will be a 1.8 million shortfall in rental properties by 2025 due to the stamp duty increases on second homes.
This stamp duty hike and the ban on letting agents' fees for tenants have contributed to a difficult year for landlords.
Continuing the trend, in April 2017 changes to mortgage interest relief for landlords will be phased in and by 2021, landlords will not be able to deduct mortgage interest payments or other business costs from their taxable income, which could force over 400,000 landlords up a tax bracket.
The tax changes will also impact supply, with Landbay's Chief Executive John Goodall saying: "By dampening buy to let purchase activity more than intended, the government’s actions look set to constrain supply of rental housing while demand continues to grow strongly. Tenants will unfortunately have no choice but to compete for the limited stock."
In a recent report, letting agent Jackson-Stops & Staff has predicted that rents in London will rise by a "marginal" 3 per cent as financial services tenants face uncertainty.
Nick Leeming, the agent's chairman, says: "The longer term five year outlook for rents in London is stronger than the sales market, as some people who would otherwise have bought will continue to rent due to uncertain market conditions. Some savvy investors will see 2017 as a good time to invest, with the pound’s depreciation in value making London property ripe for the picking."
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