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AtW
20th July 2017, 15:05
The proportion of let properties owned by overseas landlords is at its lowest in almost a decade, according to latest data.

The dramatic decline in investment by overseas buyers is most extreme in London. There, according to national lettings agency Countrywide, foreign ownership of buy-to-lets has fallen from 26pc of all let properties in 2010 to just 11pc today.

In "prime" London - the central areas most popular among a global elite who tend to own property in a number of major cities - the decline has been from 31pc to 23pc.

The presence of overseas owners has also diminished nationally across the total let stock.

In 2010 12pc of all let property in Britain was owned by an overseas-based investor. Today that figure is 5pc, according to Countrywide.

One reason is the rapid growth in buy-to-let among British-based investors. This has outpaced growth in foreign buyers, and diminished their overall share of the buy-to-let market.

But Countrywide says increased taxation is also deterring overseas buys.

Tax changes introduced in recent years include capital gains tax payable in Britain, higher rates of stamp duty on the purchase of property, and ongoing annual taxes levied on properties owned via overseas companies.

While the fall in the value of sterling following the EU referendum was expected to spark increased buying by overseas investors, some have been deterred by a fall in London prices and fears that sterling will depreciate further still.

Johnny Morris, research director at Countrywide, said: "A steady increase in foreign investors’ tax bills combined with more recent falling expectations of price growth in London has led to a decline in foreign investment in buy-to-let."

Higher taxes drive away overseas buy-to-let investors (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/higher-taxes-drive-away-overseas-buy-to-let-investors/)

Foreign buyers bring in fresh money into the bubble. Cut them off and you roll out red carpet to Tory Brexit Property DOOM™...

When my sister bought real estate in this country she had to pay 3% extra stamp duty because she owned property outside of UK, total BS really.

PurpleGorilla
20th July 2017, 15:07
Great news!

vetran
20th July 2017, 17:59
so many of those filthy overseas owners who were depriving UK people access to homes were actually Buy To Let Landlords providing homes?

Now fed up of being portrayed as filthy capitalists and taxed heavily they have sold their property and still people have nowhere to live??

Its almost like we have too many people wanting too many properties - I'm shocked.

Doom won't happen if we need 250K properties annually to cope with immigration or 30% of births to foreign mothers.

AtW
20th July 2017, 19:46
Foreigner buys house with cash - no interest on mortgage, so it can offer better rent compared to locals who have to borrow

HTH BIDI

PurpleGorilla
20th July 2017, 19:48
Are the properties actually occupied?

Slap an extra tax on them if they don't rent them out.