Buy to let mortgages
We offer a range of buy to let mortgage rates designed to give you flexibility.
Thinking about buying a property to rent out?
Halifax offers a range of Buy to Let mortgages, so if you've considered purchasing a property to let, or investing for the longer term, then we could help. Our Mortgage Advisers will be happy to discuss the range of mortgages we offer.
Need a little help - if you'd prefer to speak with one of our mortgage experts - call us on 08458 50 37 05.
Buy to Let – Common Enquiries
As with any financial commitment, it is essential that you find out all you can before you make any decisions. Halifax understands if you're investing in property then you probably have a number of questions.
Below we have compiled responses to some of the most common questions asked:
• Things to consider before you Buy to Let?
• Who can purchase a rental property, and can you buy a property to let if you already have a residential mortgage?
• What else do I need to know?
Things to consider before you Buy to Let?
Buying a rental property is very different from finding a home. Remember, this is a business decision which you should treat as an investment, take care not to get carried away imagining yourself living in the house. Be objective and focus on who is likely to rent the property you are looking to buy.
To help you decide on the right type of rental property, here are five handy tips for you to review when you view any property.
1. What type of tenant are you looking for? Think carefully about the type of tenant you want to attract e.g. Young professionals, families or sharers. Considering this issue may help you to decide on the type of property you purchase and its location. Remember that Halifax Buy to Let properties have to be let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis.
2. Where’s the best area? Do your research and visit lots of different areas. Location is an important consideration and will often determine the type of tenant you will let to. Don’t necessarily buy locally to your home. Think about prosperous towns which might attract a higher demand for rental property.
3. What’s the location like? Think about transport links, parking, shops, schools and other local facilities – pick the brains of letting agents for information about areas where properties may be easier to rent.
4. What state is the property in? If you're buying a property which needs improvements, then restrictions could be placed on the amount you can borrow and it could also delay how quickly you can let the property out. Can you afford the mortgage payments during the renovation period?
5. How much rent are you likely to receive? Do your homework – talk to local letting agents, check the local press to find out comparable rental values.
What else do I need to know?
The mortgage valuation will include an estimate of the rental income of your chosen property on an unfurnished basis.
Buy to Let can be a huge investment and like all types of investment it carries some risks. Our Mortgage Advisers can help you understand the financial commitments involved, but can't offer you advice on whether this type of investment is right for you based on your individual financial circumstances.
Please remember there are no guarantees as to what rental income your Buy to Let property will generate and whether it will rise in value over the years.
Halifax can only advise on the mortgages it offers. We cannot offer advice on whether Buy to Let is the right form of investment for you.
YOUR PROPERTY MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE