The Real Benefits Of Becoming A Buy-To-Let Landlord
The number of completed buy-to-let mortgages in London rose by 8.97% in Q2 of 2018, according to Commercial Trust. This is great news for the market as lending for buy-to-let properties previously shrunk by 10%. And it’s not just London which has seen a growth, as the North-West has also seen a jump, taking an 11.11% share during Q2. Therefore, if you’re looking to buy a property, it’s worth considering the rental potential of it as there are some great benefits in buying-to-let, including being able to utilize a bridging loan to fuel your new business venture.
Anyone can do it
One of the best things about buy-to-let mortgages is that anyone can obtain them. If you’re an existing homeowner or a first-time buyer, purchasing a property for rental purposes is a great way to make an additional income. Self Certification buy-to-let mortgages allow individuals, such as homemakers or those on a low income to benefit from obtaining and renting out property. Some buy-to-let landlords even manage to replace their earnings with the profit they make from their portfolios. And, if you do require financial help to refurbish your new property before renting it out, be sure to consider a bridging loan to assist you with your requirements.
Pay off your mortgage and have cash left over
Research conducted by Halifax reveals that the average monthly mortgage repayment is £669. Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the average monthly rental cost in England and Wales is £926. Therefore, buy-to-let landlords benefit by paying off their mortgage and having a significant sum of cash leftover to do with as they please each month. As a result, these additional funds can be used to help you pay back your bridging loan.
Investment opportunities throughout the UK
Traditionally, landlords would purchase properties to rent out close to home as this would give them optimum control of the property. However, investment opportunities are available throughout the UK, with some areas providing greater financial benefit. Typically, house prices in London and in Southern England are higher than up north. And, with a 3% stamp duty surcharge for landlords owning more than one property, as well as the revelation that the autumn budget will hike stamp duty up further, profits will be hampered, making it difficult to pay back your bridging loan. But, by buying further north and allowing your letting agent to take over the day to day running of your buy-to-let property, your stress levels and your bank balance will be boosted.
There are numerous ways to save on your tax bills as a buy-to-let landlord. Following the announcement in 2015 that tax relief on rental properties was being overhauled, an increasing number of landlords moved their portfolio of properties into a company to lower their taxes. Moreover, buy-to-let landlords can offset costs against tax, including letting agents’ fees, mortgage interest payments, advertising and repair bills, all of which can help you pay back any outstanding financial agreements.
Buy-to-let landlords can benefit in many ways by investing in property for rental purposes. One of the biggest pros is that almost anyone can do it and there’s a significant amount of profit to be made. Furthermore, investment opportunities are available throughout the UK and there are various ways to save on tax, too.