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New figures show steep rise in number of landlords

New figures show steep rise in number of landlords

Tuesday 25 January 2022

New figures show steep rise in number of landlords

Tuesday 25 January 2022

The number of Jersey and overseas taxpayers making money from renting property in the island shot up by more than 2,000 between 2012 and 2019, new figures have shown.

At the last count in 2019, the overall number of taxpayers declaring rental income was 6,740 - a rise of around 50% on eight years earlier when it was 4,470.

Of those, 6,000 were based in the island and 740 - around one in 10 - were based overseas.

The number of recorded overseas rental earners was 340 higher than eight years previously.

The figures were released yesterday by the Treasury Minister, Deputy Susie Pinel, in response to a written question from former Housing Minister Senator Sam Mézec.


Pictured: Overall, the number of landlords has gone from 4,470 to 6,740.

Notes accompanying the figures explained that they do not, however, include income from casual lettings, such as lodgers.

They also explained that the figures may not directly correspond to the number of landlords, as the definition of "taxpayer" includes married couples and civil partnerships, who may have separate property interests but pay tax together.

Included in the figures will also be a single source of property income counted against more than one taxpayer where the rental income is shared, such as between siblings.

Commenting on the figures on Twitter, Senator Mézec said they were the proof that “the claim that the introduction of minimum standards in the rental market leads to landlords leaving the market is false”.

The number of new non-resident landlords may begin to decrease in the coming years after Economic Development Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham last week signed off on a formal decision that will prevent new flats from being sold as ‘share transfers’ – which allowed non-qualified people to purchase a property in Jersey.

Addressing the issues of rental stress and housing demand has been a hot topic among political parties as the election approaches. 

In their first policy paper on housing released last week, the Alliance Party said regulation of the private rented sector “does nothing to address the key problem in Jersey of inadequate supply”, "but rather provides protection, albeit limited, to those already housed.”

Instead, the party identified the housing problem as being “one of affordability”.

Among the ideas they put forward, which they described as "neither new nor radical", were getting the Government to release more land to enable Andium Homes to develop 3,000 to 5,000 homes, a first-time buyer scheme for the open market, constraining demand by “strict enforcement of population policies” and building taller. 

In response, Reform Jersey raised serious concerns over the “viability and consistency of those policies”.


Pictured: The Alliance Party's housing policy paper was drawn up by Party Policy Director Sir Mark Boleat.

Senator Mézec, the party leader, said many of the policies were “entirely at odds” with the party’s elected members’ voting records in the States Assembly.

“The gist of their overall policy appears to be to increase the supply of housing by reducing standards and attempting to control population growth; this rings hollow, due to the immense effort which Alliance States Members have put in recent years into opposing propositions brought to the States Assembly to provide more affordable housing,” he said.

“They say they wish to provide more support for first time buyers. Still, they consistently voted against increasing the provision of first-time buyers’ homes in the government-led developments on South Hill and the Waterfront. Most of their members also previously opposed allowing Andium to develop homes at Ann Court and Ville de Manoir.

“Instead, it appears they wish to cram more homes in town without improving access to amenities and open green space. We are already hearing feedback from our constituents who are extremely concerned over the impact this will have on their living standards.” 


Pictured: Senator Mézec said of the Alliance Party's policies were “entirely at odds” with the party’s elected members’ voting records in the States Assembly.

Reform Jersey’s plan, meanwhile, include introducing European-style ‘rent stabilisation’ by banning inflationary rent increases and setting up a Rent Tribunal, making tenancies open-ended by default, a means-tested system to calculate social housing rates, and requiring 100% of the homes built on publicly owned land to be for affordable housing, instead of sold to investors.

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Posted by Davey West on
Sir Mark Boleat ex chairman of States of Jersey Development Company the company that will not cost the public a penny yet hardly gives any funds to the treasury over the years it's privileged existance has been allowed to prosper. Still aided by treasury ministers afraid to ask for serious contributions to the people that owned the land it is selling off - the islanders.
Posted by Dave Mathews on
Goes hand in hand with a steep rise in Flat prices.
Posted by Private Individual on
Tell us something we don't know!

It is an utter scandalous disgrace that these people have been able to manipulate the Jersey housing market to make massive profits out of people's desperate need for housing.

Why didn't Mezec stop this when he was housing minister. He would have known about this at the time, as far as the con council and its members they certainly do not want the gravy train to stop any time soon.

No population policy and keep building high rise to maximize profit for these oversea investors.

What about the local people being put first for a change!
Posted by IanSmith97 on
Scandalous. At least the door is being closed on non qualified people buying share transfer. Much to the chagrin of Mr Boleat’s ‘party’ I hasten to add, which has shown itself to be a ‘party’ of high rents and rich landlords. Another thing, how come I searched Air BnB and found 75 Jersey residential properties on their site for holiday lets in April. How come unqualified people can rent local residential property for holiday use? I thought that was illegal.
Posted by Scott Mills on
No need for population policy, the gov better understand and quickly more people have left jersey over last 2 years than come in, and the trend will continue. Only reason housing is in big demand, because of all the seperated couples (married or not) since 2019! there's your reason....locally. International gov have just copied devon and cornwall from 10 years ago, open up to all who've never been to jersey let alone have a jersey driving licence to helium up rents, and we now paying for the finance sector (0%) overseas landlords and soon a hospital. If Gen Z have any clout, they'll all leave before the ship sinks (half way there now).
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Whilst we have this "lot" in the States Assembly, nothing will change.
We need NEW BLOOD in Jersey politics ~ please young forward thinking individuals think about entering the Government of Jersey ~ but make it for the benefit of the people of Jersey, and not yourselves.
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