The Spring Budget: What does it mean for the property market?

The Spring Budget: What does it mean for the property market?

In a much-anticipated announcement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt presented the Spring Budget, addressing crucial aspects of the housing market. While speculations swirled around potential shifts in stamp duty tax and the introduction of a 99% mortgage scheme, the unveiled budget primarily encompasses measures that may have a nuanced impact on a specific segment of homebuyers and sellers.

Despite the 98-page Spring Budget, mortgages were notably absent from the discourse. Our mortgage expert, Matt Smith, emphasized this oversight, pointing out the absence of any reference to mortgages and the reported abandonment of the proposed 99% mortgage scheme. This void underscores the urgency for innovative solutions to support first-time buyers grappling with smaller deposits and those encountering difficulties in securing enough capital to step onto the property ladder.

Let's delve into some key announcements made by Chancellor Hunt:

Removal of Tax Breaks for Furnished Holiday Lettings

In a bid to increase the availability of homes for long-term rent, especially in tourist-heavy areas where long-term rentals are scarce, Chancellor Hunt declared the removal of tax breaks for short-term, furnished holiday lets. However, this significant shift in tax relief is slated to take effect only in April 2025. From that point onward, long and short-term rentals will be treated uniformly for tax purposes.

End of Multiple Dwellings Stamp Duty Relief

Aimed at supporting investment in the private rented sector, multiple dwellings relief sought to incentivize landlords by reducing stamp duty costs for acquiring additional rental properties. However, a comprehensive review revealed that this relief was falling short of its intended impact. Consequently, Chancellor Hunt announced the abolition of this relief.

Stamp Duty Changes

Despite appeals to make existing stamp duty thresholds permanent, no such commitment was articulated in Chancellor Hunt's speech. The persisting concerns about the substantial costs associated with stamp duty, coupled with other moving expenses, remain a pivotal challenge for those contemplating a move.

Reduction in CGT for Landlords

Offering a positive turn for landlords, Chancellor Hunt introduced a reduction in the higher rate of property capital gains tax from 28% to 24%. This decision, supported by the Office for Budget Responsibility and the Treasury, is poised to stimulate property transactions and, ultimately, boost overall revenues.

In his address, Chancellor Hunt did not shy away from acknowledging the inadequacies of the Multiple Dwellings Relief. He underscored the regular abuse and ineffectiveness of this provision, prompting its removal.

As the housing market grapples with these budgetary intricacies, it becomes imperative for buyers, sellers, and investors to stay well-informed and adapt their strategies in response to these nuanced shifts. For a deeper understanding and tailored assistance in navigating these changes, our team at Lyss Homes is here to guide you. 

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