Author Topic: Buy to Let vs S&S ISA - which is better considering the new tax changes  (Read 860 times)

ck425

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Hi All,

This is partially tax related and very uk specific, but if there's a better place to ask let me know.

I bought my first property at the start of last year, a one bed in a dodgier part of a quickly gentrifying area (Leith, Edinburgh for those interested. It's considered the hipster capital of Scotland 😂 though my part is still pretty rough).

After 18 months I've decided to move come spring, by which point I hope to have finished some renovations. This is partially due to it being a bit far from my work (2.5 miles which I run/walk everyday but is slightly inconvenient) and the area being rougher than I first thought /  having become more snobby than I'd realised.

The question is do I sell up, buy a new place in my preferred pricier area and put any difference in my vanguard account or do I let the old place out and buy a second, better but not perfect, property to live in.

On one hand my current place is still a great investment. It's surrounded by attractive or up and coming areas on every side, it's next door to an industrial estate with several hipster market/festivals popping up and near several new builds. According to several articles I've read, one beds in the area are expected to increase 20%+ in the next 5 years. It's just my street and the 3/4 next door that are really run down. The pub next door, which was closed when I bought the place, re-opened but is a nice beer pub rather than the dive it apparently used to be.

On the otherhand there's the work involved in buy to let and the lack of liquidity. There's also the tax changes, and renting this out would push me into the upper tax bracket. Some of that could be offset by pension tax relief but I'm not sure how interest relief and pension relief interact. Also I couldn't afford my perfect home immediately without selling my current place but I could still upgrade area and that might stop me getting carried away.

In terms of costs I'd expect the btl mortgage to be around 360 a month but the rent to ~600, so should pay for itself but not much more after tax and expenses.

Any thoughts/advice? Happy to give more details too.

AlphabettiSpaghetti

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(From a novice perspective with housing)

How much extra work is needed for buy to let?

ck425

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(From a novice perspective with housing)

How much extra work is needed for buy to let?

I've heard a wide range of opinions on that. Regardless of whether I sell or rent out I'll still finish doing the place up so from that perspective it makes little difference.

daverobev

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I would be filling my ISA before thinking about buying rentals.

Look - you're buying ONE property in ONE town in ONE country, vs thousands of companies the world over.

One reason property people do better is because they don't knee-jerk sell (because they can't/it is expensive/and it takes time). That's it. Over time, stocks do better.

Will Brexit fuck up Edinburgh? Who knows. You might find house prices drop 20% when loads of people 'go back home'. They might not.

But, 20k a year, never to pay tax on it again?? Do that for 10 years and you're *golden*. The ISA is insanely generous and it is use it or lose it. So use it!