Buy to Let

Buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages are for landlords who buy property specifically to rent out. They are usually more expensive than normal mortgages, but they could help you become a property investor.


Who can get a buy-to-let mortgage?


Buy-to-let mortgages are only suitable for people who want to invest in houses and flats.

Investing in property is risky, so you shouldn’t take out a BTL mortgage if you can’t afford to take that risk.

Read about Buy-to-let property investment risks and return

You’ll struggle to get a buy-to-let mortgage if you don’t already own your own home, whether outright or with an outstanding mortgage. You must have a good credit record and not be stretched too much on your other borrowings such as your existing mortgage and credit cards. And you are likely to find it harder to get a buy-to-let mortgage unless you earn at least £25,000 a year.

Lenders will have their own upper age limits - typically between 70 or 75. This is the oldest you can be when the mortgage ends not when it starts. For example, if you are 45 when you take out a 25-year mortgage it will finish when you’re 70.

How do buy-to-let mortgages work?


Buy-to-let mortgages are in many ways just like ordinary mortgages, but with some key differences:

  • Interest rates on buy-to-let mortgages tend to be higher
  • The minimum deposit for a buy-to-let mortgage is usually a quarter (25%) of the property’s value (some lenders offer deals with a 20% deposit, others want a 40% deposit)
  • The fees tend to be much higher

Most BTL mortgages are interest-only, which means you don’t pay anything off the lump sum borrowed each month but, of course, at the end of the mortgage term you repay the capital in full.

Unlike obtaining a mortgage on a property you wish to live in, BTL mortgage lending is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) unless you wish to let the property to a close family member (e.g. spouse, civil partner, child, grandparent, parent or sibling). This means that most BTL mortgages are unregulated.

However, if the lender is FCA authorised, it will be expected to treat you fairly. If you are unhappy with any issues dealing with such a lender, you can make a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

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