|City analyst Jefferies has warned that more buy-to-let lending controls could endanger the housing market – but that the Bank of England will stay on the case of property investors.
The Bank of England has said it will crack down on buy-to-let lending. The Bank yesterday said that “it remains alert to the rapid growth of the UK buy-to-let market” and said it “could pose a risk to broader financial stability”.
Investment bank Jefferies said that yesterday’s Financial Stability Report from the Bank of England added to the woes of the rental sector as all political parties now appear to be pro ownership of homes.
Jefferies yesterday said “an elephant on the pitch remains” in the form of buy-to-let lending.
Jefferies added: “Buy-to-let demand may reduce, but the real issues in our view are that housing supply remains too low and that aspirational home buyers do not have sufficient deposits to secure a home.
“Unless these issues are addressed, tinkering on the side will not, in our view, do much to address the current supply / demand imbalance and continued house price growth looks likely.
“If ever there was ‘code’ for the Bank of England to say ‘look out, I’m watching you’ it is that your activity ‘may have implications for financial stability’.”