Property Week is calling on chancellor Philip Hammond to reverse damaging reforms to stamp duty land tax - find out how you can get involved


Treasury tax windfall down to 3% SDLT surcharge

1 September 2017

The £2bn increase in stamp duty collected by HMRC over the past year is mainly due to the 3% surcharge levied on buy-to-let (BTL) and second-home purchases, according to new data.

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International aspect skewing stamp duty returns

6 September 2017

The additional stamp duty introduced in April 2016 and payable on second homes has unexpectedly generated much more revenue than the government had anticipated, as Emanuele Midolo’s report outlined - but a key aspect not fully explored is how this is partly due to the fact that many ...


The white paper was no whitewash for BTR investors

2 March 2017

In a 12-month period that has brought us not just Brexit but also US president Donald Trump, the government’s housing white paper was never going to set the media world alight.


Spring Budget: chancellor must act to remove tax barriers

28 February 2017

Backed by stronger-than-expected tax receipts, the chancellor has an opportunity to support property developers and investors by removing tax barriers that are blocking development and putting tenants at risk.

Liz Hamson, editor of Propety Week

Chancellor must heed call on duty as well as business rates

24 February 2017

The clamour of voices calling for urgent change to the business rates regime ahead of 1 April, when the new ratings list comes into effect, reached such a crescendo this week that it looks pretty nailed on that there will be some sort of announcement in the Budget on 8 March.

Construction / housebuilding

Housing white paper just tinkers around the edges

16 February 2017

This white paper is far from the radical overhaul of housing policy that was promised (10.02.17).

Martin Skinner Inspired new

Stamp duty just part of the PRS problem

19 January 2017

As evidenced by three Fizzy Living schemes falling through as a result of the stamp duty surcharge, government changes are hitting buy-to-let (BTL) investors hard.


Call Off Duty: extra stamp duty is immobilising house sales

5 January 2017

In my opinion, the stamp duty increases made by George Osborne were largely politically motivated and one suspects that the present government is concerned that in reducing stamp duty, particularly for the more expensive properties, they will be criticised for helping their rich friends.


Why the BPF is backing #CallOffDuty

16 December 2016

I am delighted that Property Week has launched its Call Off Duty campaign. Recent changes to stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on both the residential and commercial fronts have affected investor confidence and the ability of our industry to play its part in housing our country’s people and businesses

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