More tenants falling into arrears

Ryan Bembridge

August 31, 2017

A rising number of tenants are falling into arrears as rents rise across England and Wales, Your Move’s buy-to-let index has revealed.

As of July 2017 13.7% of households fell into arrears, a 7% increase from a year ago.

The cost of renting increased in every region except from the South West year-on-year, with strong rises in Wales at 4.3%, the South East at 3.6% and the East of England at 3.3%.

Your Move blamed the range of government measures designed to dampen down the buy-to-let sector on shrinking stock, which it said has resulted in higher rents.

These include the 3% stamp duty surcharge introduced on April 2016 and the gradual reduction of mortgage tax relief.

Richard Waind, director at Your Move, said: “We are now starting to see the real impact of the government’s stamp duty revision, plus the additional tax changes which have hit landlords hard.

“The outcome has been a decline in the number of rental properties on the market and this has had the effect of pushing up prices for tenants.”

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