The National Landlords Association (NLA) is to donate £10,000 to support the Judicial Review against the Government’s controversial decision to remove Finance Cost relief for individual landlords.

The announcement was made by NLA CEO Richard Lambert at the Tenant Tax Summit, taking place today at the ILEX in Earls Court, London which includes a host of speakers from the property world who are against the measure, including Lord Howard Flight, Kriss Akabusi, and Richard Dyson, Personal Finance Editor at the Daily Telegraph.

The removal of Finance Cost relief – announced in last year’s Summer Budget – will be introduced in 2017 as part of the Finance Act and will restrict the rate of mortgage relief to the basic rate of income tax (20%) for all landlords regardless of their personal tax bracket.

The measure has been widely criticised and a crowd funded judicial Review was launched by Chris Cooper and Steve Bolton, two hard-working property business owners who invested in property as a prudent way of securing a modest pension (Chris) and to provide an alternative income (Steve).

Addressing the conference, Mr Lambert said:

“We have yet to see an argument which would convince us to change our mind about the Judicial Review’s chances of success, but we have to recognise that there is always the possibility that we may be wrong.

“For all the humble pie I would have to eat, I for one would be quite happy to be proved wrong on this one, so as a goodwill gesture to the campaign in recognition of our shared aim of fighting for landlords, the NLA will donate £10,000 to the campaign fund.

“The NLA is committed to continued lobbying to achieve a political solution to the problem presented by this disastrous government policy and we are hopeful of a positive outcome for the hundreds of thousands of landlords whose businesses are currently in jeopardy”.


 Richard Lambert's full speech to the summit can be downloaded below.