Buy To Let is a form of residential investment where you buy a property, usually with the aid of a mortgage, and rent it out. The 1988 Housing Act made investment in residential property more attractive to landlords when it introduced a new type of tenancy giving landlords more control over their properties and there has been a substantial recovery in the private rented sector since then. The availability of loans for buy-to-let purchasers has also increased the appeal of owning rental property.
When you buy a property to let out, you are becoming a landlord. And owning investment property is not like owning your own home. Instead you are effectively running a small business and you have important legal responsibilities, for example with regard to your tenants’ safety.
Before you choose a property and arrange the finance to purchase it, there are a number of factors you should look into, which are described below.
You should carefully research the market where you want to buy your property. You can either do this yourself or ask a specialist letting agent to provide advice on the best area and type of property to renting out. If you research the market yourself, you could gather information from estate agents, local papers, existing landlords and even the local authority, about the demand for and supply of, rented housing.
You will also want to think about the type of tenant you are aiming to attract. Are you hoping to attract single people, or families, as they will have different requirements. It is important to remember your property should have features that are attractive to would-be tenants, rather than would-be purchasers.
You should also look at how close the property is to local amenities such as shops, transport and schools, and are these the type of amenities that are important to your tenants? So, if you are aiming to let your property to say a family with school-age children, how close the nearest schools are, will be an important influence on where they choose to rent.
Buy To Let Mortgages
Buy to Let mortgages are available to both first time landlords and existing landlords. Rates vary depending on the level of borrowing required ~ normally 75% is the maximum allowed but we do have special schemes offering up to 80% loan to value. In addition, the level of rental income is a major factor in determining the maximum level of borrowing available.
In order to obtain the best advice and discuss your requirements in detail please telephone 01865 813302 to speak to a qualified adviser.