According to UK Finance, the number of landlords who are seriously behind with their mortgage payments has increased by 20%.
There were 1,200 buy-to-let mortgages in “significant arrears” in the last quarter of 2017, a fifth higher than in the same quarter in 2016.Significant arrears means they owe more than 10% of the outstanding balance.
The figures suggest some landlords may be beginning to struggle financially, following a series of tax changes.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has already warned that landlords are pulling out of the market as a result of the tax changes. It said rents may rise as a result.
Among the tax changes facing landlords have been a 3% surcharge on Stamp Duty for any property they buy, and a gradual reduction in the amount they are able to claim in tax relief.
The UK Finance figures also show that 600 buy-to-let properties were re-possessed by banks in the last quarter of 2017. That was the same number as in 2016.
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