Buy to Let Mortgages


Information on Buy to Let Mortgages

Buy to Let Mortgages differ from what came before by specifically allowing the rental revenue to be considered as income when considering the ability of the buyer to meet the ongoing mortgage payments. Buy to Let mortgages are very similar to standard mortgages for property which the owner will inhabit. The percentage which the buy to let lender is willing to lend is likely to be restricted to 80% of the value of a property. The term of a buy-to-let mortgage is likely to be somewhere in the region of 5 to 45 years. Interest rates are also likely to be slightly higher than those which a standard mortgage agreement attracts. When buying to let it is important to know the market in which you will be trying to let your property. It may be worth getting help from a letting agent who knows the area, what is in demand, what the likely pitfalls will be. By planning carefully and purchasing wisely you ought to get a property which requires little maintenance and is attractive to tenants. Avoiding void periods, i.e. time between tenants where you receive no rental income, will be your primary concern once you have purchased the house on a buy to let basis. While not inescapable, you are wise to do everything you can in advance to minimise the likely length of these periods. Insurance is now available to cover buy to let contingencies, your provider ought to be able to provide you with information.