Bank of England's buy to let changes make it harder to get a mortgage say landlords

Six months after the Bank of England’s (BoE) latest attempt to cool the buy to let market, almost two thirds of landlords (63 per cent) who are aware of the changes say it is now harder to get a mortgage. The changes, which come from BoE’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), were introduced in two stages last year. The first stage in January 2017 required lenders to apply an interest cover ratio (ICR) of 5.5 percent to all products with terms of less than five years. More stringent stress tests were also introduced for all buy-to-let mortgages, with monthly rental income typically needing to cover 125 percent of mortgage repayments. The second stage, introduced in September 2017, requires portfolio landlords, i.e. those with four or more buy to let mortgages, to undergo specialist underwriting processes when seeking new buy-to-let mortgages. This includes additional affordability tests with providing supporting documentation such as...
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How can landlords understand and cope with mortgage interest tax relief changes?

  Unless you have been living under a rock recently, you should be aware of some imminent alterations to mortgage interest tax relief. The changes are set to come into force this week (April 6th) and are sure to have implications for buy-to-let landlords and tenants alike.But just what is changing and what can investors do in order to cope, ultimately maximising their returns?Ryan Weston, of Just Landlord Insurance Services, explains:What is changing? ‘In the Summer Budget of 2015, then Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to alter how mortgage interest tax relief is calculated by buy-to-let landlords.Presently, landlords can cut their taxable income by deducting the cost of some expenses. These include letting agent fees, mortgage interest and repairs. Under the new legislation, landlords will still be able to deduct those costs, but cannot offset the cost of their mortgage interest from their rental income when working out profits.  Instead,...
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