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Multi-Property Landlords & The Stamp Duty Holiday

Since the introduction of the stamp duty holiday in July 2020, 60% of multi-property landlords have expanded their portfolio in an attempt to take advantage of the tax break.

Both commercial & residential landlords have been strategic with their purchases, choosing tangible investments alike to the property market. As stock shares have been volatile, brick & mortar investment has been the most obvious choice.

43% of landlords have invested in rural properties as 82% of these anticipate renters to move out of the city due to remote & flexible working. Another 43% admitted they had accelerated property purchasing plans in a bit to take full advantage of the holiday.

Many landlords rush to complete on transactions, 75% of these stating they would pull out of the deal if not within the tax holiday timeframe. 

However, Fountain Home Loans suggests that the end of stamp duty will not prevent landlords from adding to their portfolios. Studies have shown that around a quarter of landlords were withholding from purchasing as they believed property prices were currently inflated. 

Annual house price reports showed a growth of 6.4% in January 2021, convincing many landlords that the holiday may be the only reason the property market has not declined.