Private landlords believe that this week’s Autumn Statement provides the chancellor Philip Hammond with an opportunity to bolster activity in the buy-to-let market, which has slowed in recent months largely as a consequence of the previous chancellor’s tax changes.

A wide range of topics have been talked about ahead of Wednesday’s announcement, but it is mortgage interest relief that has been identified as the top issue for buy-to-let landlords, according to fresh research conducted by Martin & Co, one of the UK’s largest letting and property management agents.

As many of you will know, the existing rules that permit landlords to offset all of their mortgage interest against tax will, from April 2017, be phased out, restricting the amount of mortgage interest landlords can offset against tax on their property investments. But more than 50% of buy-to-let landlords would like the chancellor to remove punitive changes in mortgage interest tax relief.

By April 2020, once mortgage interest relief has been withdrawn altogether, the disastrous consequences of Section 24 will mean that it is likely that higher-rate tax payers will only receive 50% of the relief that they currently get, with various experts having already warned that landlords will be left with little alternative but to pass higher costs on to tenants.

The National Landlord Association estimate that around 440,000 basic-rate tax payers will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April 2017 once planned changes to landlord taxation comes in to force.

“With the chancellor preparing his Autumn Statement as we speak, the results of our Big Landlord Survey 2016 are a timely reminder that concerns are growing amongst the landlord community, and that they’re centred far more around the impact of policy-led changes than Brexit,” said Ian Wilson, chief executive of Martin & Co.

Many buy-to-let landlords would also like to see this year’s stamp duty changes scrapped in the Autumn Statement.