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Silly lenders are still in the sector

Irresponsible lending is still a part of the buy-to-let sector, according to National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers chief executive Keith Heron.

He believes that some lenders on the fringes of the market are still indulging in poor practices but that concern is one of the few issues that the experts have in an otherwise healthy market.

Other concerns are the diminishing housing stock and the threat that the Revenue could raid the market to boost its bank balance with an increase in tax on investment returns.

Heron said: “We have seen some evidence of silly lending from the peripheral lending community. It is a concern in terms of what is being lent and the valuations of properties.”

On housing stock, commercial lender Interbay’s head of operations Colin Bell said: “One challenge for the market is on housing stock. As more and more properties are bought, it is having more of an effect on the residential market and it prices out people who are borrowing.”

On tax, Alexander Hall chief operating officer Andy Pratt said: “BTL is an obvious sector for the Treasury to have a look at to make money.”


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