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Buy to Let – What you need to know. 

Buy to let loans can seem a little intimidating and complicated, but as long as you have the right information, it doesn’t have to feel as daunting as you might think. The rules around buy to let mortgages are quite similar to regular residential mortgages. However, there are some key differences.

Who can get a BTL Mortgage?

To be eligible for a buy to let mortgage:

  • You want to invest in property
  • You understand the risks of investing in property and can afford to take those risks
  • You are a current homeowner 
  • You have a good credit record 
  • You earn over £25,000 a year, some lenders do not have a minimum income requirement

How do BTL Mortgages Work? 

Some of the differences in a Buy to Let mortgage:

  • Any associated fees can be higher than a regular mortgage
  • Interest rates tend to be higher
  • A larger deposit of at least 20% of the property’s value is often needed, compared to 5% for other mortgage types
  • A lot of buy to let mortgages are interest-only

How much can you borrow on a BTL Mortgage?

As a buy to let mortgage is associated with property investment and how much you would get as income, how much you can borrow can vary. The highest amount that you’d be able to borrow is related to the rental income that you expect to receive, so it can vary from location to location, as well as property type. The rental income needs to ideally be around 4 40% more than your mortgage payments. 

How can a Mortgage Broker help?

It can be a good idea to talk to a local mortgage broker before you commit to any buy to let mortgages. We are experienced in this area, and can advise what the most suitable buy to let mortgage would be for you in your circumstances, along with the potential income that could come from owning a buy to let property. 

Planning for when there is no rent coming in

Although you are likely to find tenants for your properties, if recent events are anything to go by, you can’t always presume that you will be getting rent coming through. You will need to have somewhat of a financial cushion to lean on in order to meet mortgage repayments when you don’t have tenants. Putting the rent that you do have coming through into savings can be good for times like these, as well as for necessary repairs.

Don’t rely on selling a property to repay the mortgage

It can be easy to think that you will just be able to sell the properties that you have in order to pay the mortgage, should you need to do so. House prices can be volatile and you might not be able to get as much money as you would like for it. This can leave you with additional costs to meet the difference.

Buy to Let and Tax implications and Advantages 

  • If you are a basic rate taxpayer, then something like Capital Gains Tax on any buy to let properties is charged at 18%. If you are a higher rate taxpayer then that goes up to 28%. 
  • When it comes to income tax, the income you get from the property should be declared on the Self Assessment tax return. This will be taxed at varying rates, depending on your tax band. 

For any more help with buy to let mortgages, get in touch with us today to see how we can help. With a team of experts ready to take your call, we look forward to hearing from you.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Commercial and Buy to Let Mortgages are not usually regulated by the Financial Services Authority.