I am looking to buy a house to multi-let, but the house I've identified comes with an elderly long-term tenant on a long term contract. Can I serve notice for the tenant to leave or does a long term tenancy come with regulations to stop me doing this?
This sounds like a pre-1988 Regulated Tenancy. If it is, that is a lifetime tenancy, with possibly the right to pass the same agreement down to the next of kin.
You have zero chance of serving notice and any court will back the tenant 100% if you do.
Tenants like this, or those around them, have a highly developed awareness of the value of their tenancy. One such tenant in a central London flat was reported to have refused £500,000 in cash to give up the tenancy.
You have zero chance of borrowing any money to purchase it either, as no lender will touch it with a bargepole due to the tenant and their rights of occupancy.
This type of property has long been the preserve of affluent cash buyers. These properties...
I have seen a great property I want to buy but I cannot decide if I should buy it for cash then refinance it once it is refurbed, or borrow to purchase it. I have the cash to buy outright, but I am worried that, by tying up all my cash in a property I will not be able to buy another property during the period I am waiting to remortgage it, if I found a really good one.
If you can fund a deal with cash, you should; that way you have zero borrowing costs.
Investors are often reluctant to do this on the basis that tying up their cash in one deal takes them out of the game if and when other juicy deals come along whilst they are waiting to remortgage to release their cash.
This is impaired thinking. I teach that, whilst you are in that limbo period, you can buy your next deal without any hard cash at all -- by intelligently using bridging finance, like this
I own outright two properties, which are rented out; both are worth £85K and both yield 9.5%. I've owned them for four months they have been let for two months. I have no proof of income as I've just started doing this full time. Can I get a BTL mortgage for these properties at a competitive rate anywhere, or do I need to wait six months and go through TMW?
The wider issue here is that you can buy properties for cash, with all the advantages that brings, but you don’t want to then wait six months plus before you can repeat the process. If mortgage lenders (the ones that give you the best rates) require you to own the properties for six months before you can apply for a mortgage, you are missing out on potentially lucrative deals because your cash is trapped in these properties.
As you have bought two properties worth £85K each you already know that being a cash buyer allows you to close deals fast, to negotiate harder, to buy unmortgageable...
I have a BTL property owned for 3 months which has 2 years ERC on it so I don't want to remortgage, but can I use the property as a security to buy another refurb property. The property was originally purchased on a 75% LTV BTL mortgage, but has been re valued after refurb works and is now at 57% LTV.
Ideally I want to get on with buying and refurbing another property which would be a buy to sell; I have the finances for the refurb, but not the deposit. The properties I am looking at are low value ballpark PP 65-70k and the deposit I am looking for would keep the security property around 70%-75% LTV.
If you want a bridger to lend on a second charge basis they will go to 65%, less costs. So the most you will get is 8% less costs. Based on your figures, you won’t be able to release enough for the deposit.
However, there is another way to structure this. Use part of the money for the refurb for your deposit instead and then use a bridger...
With regard to mortgages and HMOs if you buy a house using a BTL mortgage, with a no Early Repayment Charge can you then convert the property to an HMO and swap the mortgage over to an HMO mortgage?
Great strategy... if you want to get yourself blacklisted by No ERC mortgage lenders!
These lenders get really annoyed at being used as surrogate bridging lenders. They don't offer no ERC mortgages so borrowers can redeem them in 6 months; despite what is taught on property training programs. Looks like I am myth busting again!
If you doubt that, just give them a call and layout your proposal to them and see how keen they are to lend.
If they catch any borrower intentionally using them as a bridging loan, they blacklist them; and usually the broker who submitted the case. The only reason blacklisting is not more prevalent is that these lenders IT systems are not yet sophisticated enough to flag up serial early redeemers.
Every mortgage you...
What happens if you don't complete on time when buying at auction?
When you bid for a property and your bid is accepted you have made a commitment to purchase; to all intents and purposes the property has been sold to you and you will have to pay a 10% deposit at the point of sale. If you fail to complete by deadline date, the vendors solicitor will give you a Notice to Complete; usually a further 10 days in which to complete the purchase. That is effectively your last warning, your yellow card.
You can be charged a daily rate of interest from the deadline day onwards, so the clock is now ticking and having a direct impact on your bank account!
At the expiry of that notice period the vendor can withdraw from the sale and retain your 10% deposit as you failed to perform. That is your red card.
The vendor retains the right to claim further costs from you, for instance, if they subsequently sell it for a lower price that you contracted to pay.
I want to get into building a brand new property, what type of finance is needed for this and how does it work?
New build projects require development finance and this is structured in a specific way. Pre-credit crunch this was freely available from the major banks, but they pulled out when the credit crunch hit, with disastrous consequences for many of their borrowers. They've never really got back into this area of lending again. The gap has been filled by small, specifically focused lenders who typically offer this type of finance and nothing else, although a few do offer bridging as well.
These lenders find it useful to erect barriers to entry that deter all but the strongest propositions for them to lend on. These barriers are:
Your money is required up front; the lender will fund...
Can I remortgage a property immediately after cash purchase?
With regard to how and when you can remortgage, the method of purchase is irrelevant; buying with cash doesn't make any difference to the property's mortgageability. What is relevant is the lender's attitude to remortgaging a property recently bought.
Almost every BTL lender has a six month ownership restriction, preventing you from applying for a remortgage before you've owned the property for that period.
Commercial and specialist lenders don’t operate that restriction, so will accept applications at any time.
If you want to remortgage, irrespective of whether you bought for cash or not, it is quite simple; you use a lender that allows you to.
Another level of complexity enters the equation if your intention is to remortgage at a higher value than the purchase price paid. To do this almost certainly will require you to have improved the condition of the property since...
Is it better to buy-to-let or buy, than refurb and sell?
Neither is better, they're just different strategies.
Buying-to-sell (BTS) gives you a significant cash lump sum (if you do it right) within months.
Buy-to-Let (BTL) gives you a much smaller monthly profit (if you do it right) for years to come, with the bonus of potential capital growth (depending on where you buy).
I am considering the use of a bridging loan and would like to know:
There are a number of bridging lenders and the criteria vary from lender to lender depending on your particular circumstances and the questions you ask. It is a bit like asking:
Of course, the answers will depend on what model of car you buy. So the answer to your bridging finance questions depend on the property you want to buy, what you intend to do with it and your current situation. There are a few basic facts that will give you a ballpark view: