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Buy To Let Mortgages

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Becoming a private landlord should not be seen as an easy way of making money. It can be riskier and more complicated. It can also be very time consuming, more than most forms of investment, and there is no guarantee that house prices will rise. That said, having a second property to let to tenants could reap considerable financial rewards over time.

There are 3 main differences in buy to let mortgages:

  • Rent Potential – the decision as to whether or not a mortgage will be offered is usually based on the rent you will earn as well as your income. In some cases your income is not ever considered.
  • Interest Rate – buy to let mortgages have slightly higher interest rates.
  • Larger Deposit – typically a minimum of 20% or 25% of the property’s value is required as a deposit.

When buying a second property to let, you will need to decide whether your primary objective is income or capital growth. In other words, are you looking to make a profit month on month or are you looking to make a profit through increased equity from the second property if it increases in value over time? The decision may affect the type of property you purchase, and the location.

When you manage a property there are many costs involved in addition to the monthly mortgage repayments. As a guide, you should be aiming to achieve a gross rent of about 135% of the rental property’s interest only mortgage repayments in order to cover your costs should anything go wrong.

These additional costs include:

  • Property upkeep – maintenance costs for the property.
  • Letting agent’s fees – letting agents charge around 10% of the monthly rent for finding and vetting tenants with an additional cost of around 5% if you require a full management service.
  • Ground rent / service charges – applicable to leasehold properties.
  • Legal insurance – to cover costs from evicting tenants in the event of non-payment, very important, as this can be very expensive.
  • Insurance – building insurance and contents insurance for the items provided as part of the rental agreement.
  • Furnishings – the purchase of any furniture. If the property is to be let furnished, make sure you are covered for this by your home insurance.
  • Gas / electrical appliances – cost of maintaining appliances and ensuring they comply with any regulations such as safety tests.
  • Decorating costs – the property may require work ranging from painting, to a new bathroom suite before it is suitable for letting to tenants.

When choosing a property to let, it is wise to take advice from local letting agents to determine what types of properties are sought after and which parts of the town offer properties suitable for rent.

Some forms of Buy to Let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA.

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Fiona Conway & Associates LTD Registered office: Queensgate House, 23 North Park Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5PD Registered in England & Wales No: 11775867.

Fiona Conway & Associates Ltd is an Appointed Representative of The Right Mortgage Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 833707) for mortgages, protection insurance and general insurance products.

Some forms of Buy to Let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA.

The guidance and/or advice contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore primarily targeted at consumers based in the UK.

We will charge a fee of up to 1% of the loan amount for our service in relation to mortgage contracts, which is payable upon obtaining the legal mortgage offer. Our typical fee is £395. The precise amount we will charge is dependent on the amount of research and administration that is required. This will be disclosed to you during our initial appointment. This fee is payable on production of your Mortgage Offer and is non-refundable.