Call Off Duty: help stamp it out

Residential Land’s CEO & founder, Bruce Ritchie was mentioned in Property Week about stamp duty land tax.

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Property Week is calling on chancellor Philip Hammond to reverse damaging reforms to stamp duty land tax (SDLT) made by George Osborne.

Hammond sparked anger across the residential sector last week when he swerved any mention of the controversial changes to stamp duty in his Autumn Statement.


Now, Property Week is urging the industry to back our campaign, Call Off Duty, and help us convince Hammond to rethink the punitive regime ahead of his next Budget in March.

Top names from across the residential sector, including Berkeley, Residential Land, L&G, Mount Anvil and McCarthy & Stone, have already thrown their weight behind Call Off Duty.

“Government has to create the conditions for growth and give the industry certainty to invest. Stamp duty has the opposite effect,” said Berkeley Group chief executive Rob Perrins. “It destroys the feelgood factor and means that fewer homes get built. Everyone knows the recent changes are not working and we welcome this campaign and a good debate about how to set it right.”

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Resi Land’s Bruce Ritchie is backing Call Off Duty – find out how to join him here
Osborne’s decision to raise stamp duty at the top end of the market has made the UK one of the most heavily taxed property markets in the world, added Residential Land chief executive Bruce Ritchie.

“[The changes] were introduced without industry consultation, without knowing Brexit was going to occur and without having a manifesto remit. It is important that Property Week’s campaign expresses and exposes the unintended consequences of this wealth tax and the harm it brings,” he said.

SDLT receipts ‘much weaker than expected’
Other leading industry figures point out that it has not even boosted the Treasury coffers, citing last week’s Office for Budget Responsibility research showing SDLT receipts this year had been “much weaker than expected”.

As well as calling on Hammond to rethink the thresholds for stamp duty and levels it should be set at, we will be urging him to drop the 3% surcharge on additional homes for large-scale investors on the grounds that it is stifling the burgeoning build-to-rent (BTR) sector. Scrapping SDLT for large BTR investors would make marginal schemes viable again, boosting the number of homes built, said Dan Batterton, the head of L&G’s BTR team.

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Residential Land buys Luke House

Residential Land featured in Property Week about the recent purchase of Luke House, 3 Abbey Orchard Street, London, SW1P 2JJ

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Residential Land and joint venture partner Ivanhoé Cambridge have acquired a £60m office and residential building in Westminster.

The seven-storey building at 3-4 Abbey Orchard Street was acquired at a yield of 4.4%.

Luke House, Westminster

Known as Luke House, the 80,000 sq ft property is home to a number of government offices as well as 30 residential apartments let on assured shorthold tenancies.

Additional floors could potentially be added to the building to increase the volume of residential space or to accommodate a serviced apartment offering.

It could also be converted to offices were the apartments to become vacant.

“This off-market purchase forms part of our underlying strategy to invest in acquisitions where we see the opportunity to generate growth from enhancement and redevelopment,” said Bruce Ritchie, chief executive of Residential Land.

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Our central London night owl tenants have two reasons to cheer

The Night Tube in Central London passes conveniently close to many of Residential Land’s Central London properties to rent












London’s after hours social scene is admired the world over and is a big reason why properties to rent in Central London are so popular. Our capital is crammed full of bars, restaurants, events and venues that have spawned a thriving night time economy, vital to the success of the city.

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Christmas events in Central London


Santa Land in Hyde Park is a popular attraction for families living in rental property in the vicinity












As Central London’s largest private landlord, Residential Land is out and about in the capital every day. We couldn’t help but notice how our communities are getting into the Christmas spirit and we’d like our current tenants and future clients to enjoy what London has to offer this festive season.

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