For clients looking to sell down their property portfolio in the wake of changes to the buy-to-let taxation regime, the ability to defer any CGT due makes investing in an EIS a useful tax-planning option, explains Jack Rose

The phenomenon of buy-to-let (BTL), which exploded in the 1990s, looks like it may well be coming to an end. So what is the impact of the changes to legislation on advisers and their clients – and could there now be an opportunity for Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) investors?

In 1996 there were approximately 2.4 million properties in the private rental sector. Fast forward to today and that has doubled to 5 million properties – meaning one in five UK properties are within the private rental sector.

We are a nation obsessed with property, as demonstrated by the proliferation of property television shows such as Location, Location, Location, Property Ladder and Grand Designs – with Channel 4, the self-proclaimed ‘go-to channel for property’, having no less than 12 property shows to its name.

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