Winkworth has called for the chancellor Rishi Sunak to “stop hammering buy-to-let landlords”, but rather do more to support property investors in the autumn budget on 27 October.

The company points out that research shows that 20% of landlords are seriously considering selling up owed in part to tax and regulatory changes.

Winkworth chief executive Dominic Agace said: “That could be one million homes lost. Five million homes rely on the private sector, which has an important role to play in levelling up so people have options and there is mobility in the jobs market.

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