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Stamp duty surcharge for non-UK residents might usher in some much needed political unity

11/02/2019

Gemma Harle - Press Releases

Managing Director – Mortgage Network

If you are covering the government opening a consultation into the introduction of a new stamp duty land tax surcharge for non-uk resident homebuyers, please see the following comment from Gemma Harle Managing Director of Intrinsic Mortgage Network, part of Quilter:

The start of a consultation today into introducing a 1% stamp duty surcharge for non-UK residents buying residential properties might finally usher in some much needed unity in the Government especially as the extra money raised from the tax will be funnelled into helping the homeless. However, regardless of its popularity as this is only at consultation stage we are unlikely to see this fully enacted for a little while yet.

According to a report created specifically for Sadiq Khan in 2017, 3,600 of London’s 28,000 newly built homes between 2014 and 2016 were snapped up by foreign buyers with about half of those properties priced for first-time buyers between £200,000 and £500,000, showing this is a significant problem. Typically overseas buyers have a higher-net worth than those simply trying to get their first foot on the housing ladder and can price people out of a deal which in turn inflates property prices.

Some might say that this policy signals that the UK is not open for business at a time when we should be welcoming global investment with open arms due to the uncertainty of Brexit. However, the 1% surcharge is unlikely to impact investor sentiment too much and is a simple mechanism to increase funding for the growing homeless population. During this politically bruising period, this consultation is likely to be the first step in creating a policy which is well liked and will garner a fair bit of cross-party support.

However, the Government has rightly highlighted in the consultation that the best way to stabilise and improve affordability in the housing market is quite simply to build more housing, a statement everyone would like to see actioned. Similarly, more policies which incentivise people to downsize might free up existing housing further down the chain and give first-time buyers a better chance of getting their first foot on the housing ladder could be crucial in getting more people out of rented accommodation and into their own home.

For more information contact

Alex Berry
02380 726260
07741 151931
alex.berry@quilter.com

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