Demand for rental homes in Wimbledon Village continues to outstrip their supply. But government attempts to reduce the income landlords receive from buy-to-let investments has led to Robert Holmes & Co receiving an increase in enquiries about the tax payable when selling second homes.  

Here, we run through the tax payable when selling a rental property in Wimbledon Village and beyond.

Capital Gains Tax

What taxes do I pay when I sell a rental propertyCapital Gains Tax is payable on the profit earned on a property that is not your primary residence. If you are gifting the property to a husband, wife, civil partner or charity, however, you are not liable to CGT.

Everyone is entitled to tax-free capital gains, worth £11,100 in the 2016/17 tax year. Only gains above this amount are taxed.

To work out how much CGT you will have to pay when selling a rental property in Wimbledon Village, deduct the price paid for the flat or house from its market value at the time of its disposal. Please note that the HMRC will not reduce its CGT demand if the property is sold for less than its market value.

However, the taxman does allow vendors to deduct both buying and selling costs from the amount of property profit liable for CGT. This includes estate agent and legal fees plus any stamp duty that was paid when you purchased the rental home.

You can also deduct the cost of improvement works from the amount of property profit liable for CGT.  This includes extensions, but not maintenance costs such as decorating, on the condition that those improvements are reflected in the property at the date of disposal.

If, for example, you have had two sets of replacement windows installed in the property during the time it has been in your possession, only the cost of the set of replacement windows remaining in place at the time of sale can be used to reduce your CGT bill.

As Robert Holmes & Co reported, Chancellor George Osborne used his 2016 Budget speech to reveal the higher rate of CGT is being reduced from 28% to 20%, while the basic rate will fall from 18% to 10% but will remain at the old rates for investors who sell residential property.

When it comes to property sales, CGT is charged at 18% for standard rate taxpayers and 28% for higher rate taxpayers. This is payable on any profit earned on the property minus your £11,100 CGT Allowance and other reliefs available.

Tax specialists point out that CGT is only charged at 18% on the amount a seller has available in the basic rate band (£11,000 to £43,000).

Given the size of property value increases in Wimbledon Village, the basic rate band is often used up and the majority of the gain ends up taxed at 28% even if the taxpayer is a basic rate payer for income tax. Therefore, the rate you will pay depends on the size of the gain and not just whether or not you are a basic rate taxpayer.

3 types of tax relief

It is worth bearing in mind that tax relief is available if the property was a business asset or occupied by a dependent relative.

A number of other reliefs are available if the owner has lived in the rental property for any length of time. These include…

  • Private Residence Relief is available for the time you lived in the property. This period of time is tax-free. However, it is worth noting that further PRR relief can be available for periods of time spent working away. When calculating the period of time you have owned the property, it is worth reading the HMRC’s Guidance Notes on Private Residence Relief. These state: “Your period of ownership begins on the date you first acquired the dwelling house, or on 31 March 1982 if that is later. It ends when you dispose of it.”
  • Letting Relief is available if you were subject to tax on your rental income. Lettings Relief can reduce taxable gains by up to a maximum of £40,000 per owner. If the rental property has two owners, up to £80,000 Letting Relief is available. But beware that the HMRC forbids landlords selling a rental property in Wimbledon Village to claim more Letting Relief than Private Residence Relief.
  • Final Period Exemption means the final 18 months of your period of ownership always qualify for CGT relief, regardless of how you use the property in that time – as long as it has been your only or main residence at some point.

How to calculate your CGT demand

Market value of property – (Amount paid + improvement, buying and selling costs) = Profit

(Profit – CGT Allowance and other reliefs) x 18% or 28% = CGT to pay

Please note that owners of rental properties in Wimbledon Village who are non-resident in the UK will only pay CGT on the gain made on the property since 5 April 2015.

Value Added Tax

When selling a rental property in Wimbledon Village, the fees charged by Robert Holmes & Co, your legal representative and any other third parties involved in the sale will be subject to VAT, which is currently charged at 20%.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Stamp Duty is not payable by vendors. Only purchasers pay SDLT, and anyone buying a second home in Wimbledon Village has to pay an additional 3% surcharge in addition to the fee paid by purchasers of a primary home. For more details, click here.

The content of this article is for general information only and doesn’t constitute professional advice. Anyone acting on this information does so at their own risk and Robert Holmes & Co does not accept any liability. This is why Robert Holmes & Co recommends that anybody selling rental property takes tax advice from a suitably qualified professional.

If you are considering selling a home in Wimbledon Village or the surrounding area, contact Robert Holmes & Co today for an up to date valuation of the property’s market value. Robert Holmes & Co has been maximising the value of some of the finest residential property in south-west London and Surrey since 1987 and our property professionals have in-depth knowledge of the property market in this area.


About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.


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