Buy To Let Mortgage Facts
Rental and additional income will normally be independently assessed on an ability to pay basis. Minimum rental income again will differ from one lender to the next but 125% of rental cover is often required.
The recession of 2007/09 has been problematic for the UK buy to let market. Many mortgage lenders have tightened up their lending criteria making it difficult for first time landlords to get onto the market. The minimum deposit levels are typically 25% and those lenders that require less downpayment will charge in interest for taking on this increased "risk".
Some lenders will have a maximum property portfolio and all will have a maximum total advance e.g. £2 million. It is important to note that product fees on buy to let mortgages are often high e.g. 2.5% of the mortgage so getting a specialist broker to help you get a deal can save both time and money.
If you are considering a buy to let property general guidance would be:
- Choose the right property for you - think about location, house size, condition and your tenants.
- Shop around for the best mortgage deals and use a specialist buy to let mortgage broker (preferably regulated by the FSA)
- Find a flexible buy to let mortgage deal that suit your personal requirements.
- Think about the extra costs will you have to spend on such things as maintenance, furnishings, agency fees, insurance, decorating and legal costs. Budget for these!
- Go with a professional and legitimate letting agency.
If you are looking for a buy to let mortgage advice and quotes, you may want to start your search with us!