Council launches ground-breaking scheme to buy empty properties off private landlords

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Council launches ground-breaking scheme to buy empty properties off private landlords

Landlords with empty properties in Middlesbrough are being urged to sell up to a local housing group looking to source more social rented housing.

The scheme – an initiative between Middlesbrough Council and the Ethical Housing Company (EHC) – aims to tackle both the issue of poor living conditions and the high number of empty properties.

It is expected to get the go-ahead next month to start in Newport, North Ormesby and the town’s central ward.

Councillor Ashley Waters, executive member for regeneration, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that EHC would work hand-in-hand with the council.

He said: “We blame the landlords for empty properties. Look at the state areas get left in, and how the people who get put in these houses get no support.

“This is about being able to go in and get these homes to what we call a ‘social housing standard’. We’ll then be able to support people in the area with good housing and good rates to improve the area.”

Tees valley

EHC runs alongside the Ethical Lettings Agency, which lets and manages properties for private landlords. The community interest company has a portfolio of more than 60 properties in the Tees Valley area which it has bought from home owners and landlords, often off market. 

Waters added: “If we’ve got £500,000 to spend and they can put in £500,000, then we can do double with the same amount of money.

“We’re not saying to landlords ‘we’re going to buy these properties off you’, or use compulsory purchase orders. What we’re saying is, where we can, we’re going to improve areas.”

EHC director Carla Keegans (pictured) tells LandlordZONE that properties in these areas – covered by selective licensing schemes – are empty largely due to over-supply and poor condition.

“She adds: “We are backed by long-term social investment with a social purpose to help meet housing need. This project is an example of us working with a local authority to help bring up standards in problem parts of the PRS in defined places as part of wider regeneration plans.” 

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Government tax policies shrink buy-to-let property purchases by 250,000 over five years

The government’s assault on private landlords is achieving its much-predicted end-game as new research reveals that 250,000 ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Government tax policies shrink buy-to-let property purchases by 250,000 over five years | LandlordZONE.

Government tax policies shrink buy-to-let property purchases by 250,000 over five years

The government’s assault on private landlords is achieving its much-predicted end-game as new research reveals that 250,000 fewer buy-to-let properties have been purchased by landlords over the past five years.

Estate agency Hamptons says the reduction in buy-to-let property purchases is a direct consequence of the government’s 3% stamp duty surcharge on second home purchases and the Section 24 tapering of mortgage interest relief.

It is five years since the additional stamp duty charge was introduced for landlords and four years since the mortgage interest changes began to kick in.

These changes have also generated other dramatic changes – in 2015 landlords bought 16% of properties on the market each year, but today that figure is 11%.

London hit hardest

Hamptons also says that London and the SE have seen the greatest drop in landlord purchasing activity, from 20% of the market in 2015 to 11% now.

As a result, landlords have purchased 61,300 homes in London since 2016.  However, this number would have risen to 103,300 or 69% more homes had the tax changes not been introduced.

This drop-off in new investment means 81% of all rental homes in the capital today were bought before April 2016, compared to just 65% in the North West where landlord purchases have remained more resilient.

Aneisha Beveridge, Head of Research at Hamptons, says: “The tax changes introduced from 2016 onwards have undoubtedly taken the heat out of the buy-to-let market.  Landlord purchases have dropped and consequently the rental sector is 7% smaller than it was at its peak in 2017.

The NRLA recently called for the 3% additional stamp duty levy .

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