Landlords are increasingly choosing to own properties through companies to get around new tax rules, research shows.

Data from Mortgages for Business, a broker, said 44pc of completed buy-to-let mortgages are now done by limited companies, up 42pc from the previous quarter.

The amount of limited company buy-to-let deals rose from 263 in the third quarter of 2017 to 628 in the same quarter this year.

The number of buy-to-let lenders offering loans to limited companies rose 47pc over the past 12 months to 22, Mortgages for Business’s latest buy-to-let index said.

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