Things to consider when buying a Tamworth Buy-to-let property

If you are thinking of becoming a Buy-to-Let Landlord there are many things to consider when looking for a property. The most important – what exactly are you looking to achieve.

welcome to Tamworth
welcome to Tamworth

It may be income, capital growth or an investment that can be passed down to your children or a combination of all of these.

Not all properties meet each of these criteria to the same degree. As a general rule property with a high yield is more likely to suffer low capital growth and the reverse is also true.

Most landlords try to buy a property that has a sensible growth potential with a yield that will at least cover their costs.

Average yield in Tamworth? 4% to 6%

Generally a two bedroom modern house which is in a good location is the best buy.

Victorian may have lots of character and appeal but the maintenance of these properties tend to be higher.

A flat will usually be leasehold so you have the annual service charges to consider. Flats tend to have a lower capital growth as there are usually quite a few on the market.

A three bedroom house  is a good buy however there will be more wear and tear from a family occupying the property so your maintenance charges are generally higher.

If you are sitting on the fence and contemplating when’s the right time to buy ? well it’s a bit like having  kids – when is the right time to start a family. By procrastinating and never committing, your property journey will never start!

Our property journey started some 10 years ago with at least another 10 years spent hesitating. When we finally did dip our toes into the Buy-to-Let market it was the best thing we ever did, that is apart from starting our family.

Don’t forget …You will have to pay stamp duty for second home purchases,. Details here

There are some advantages  of setting up a limited company to purchase the property, but they are limited unless you are buying several properties. An accountant will be able to advise.

Almost certainly  you will need to pay income tax on the income, but you should take advice from an accountant and you will need to complete tax returns annually.

You will need to pay CGT  (capital Gains Tax) when you sell assuming the profit exceeds your annual allowance and purchasing costs. There are things you can do to mitigate this cost which your accountant can help you with.

So like us, if you are in property for the long haul, you won’t get rich quickly however you will make money in years to come and you may even enjoy being a property landlord!

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment. For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01827 425195, you can always email me on Lorraine@hallandthompson.co.uk

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Higher than the National Average – 1 in 6 Tamworth Properties are Leasehold

There are 23.36 million properties in England and Wales with 64% being owner occupied and 36% being rented either from a private landlord, local authority or housing association.

 

 

 

 

Over nine out of ten of those English and Welsh owner-occupied properties are a whole house or bungalow. Now, most people would assume they would be freehold – however, of those renting nearly half of rental properties, 44% to be precise, lived in other leasehold apartments and flats.

It might be wise to quickly explain the difference between freehold and leasehold. When someone owns the freehold of a property they own it outright, including the land it is built on, whilst with a leasehold property the leaseholder owns the property for the length of their lease agreement. Leaseholders must pay the person who owns land (the freeholder) ground rent and other fees. When the leasehold ends, ownership returns to the freeholder although the leaseholder can extend the lease or they can buy the freeholder out, but there are rules and regulations with regards doing that.

Therefore, it would be safe to assume that houses are freehold and flats are leasehold .. wouldn’t it? Not necessarily! Most houses are freehold but some might be leasehold – usually through shared-ownership schemes – but more and more new homes builders are selling houses on a leasehold as well. The protection of the law afforded to leaseholders who own a flat is massive, but sadly lacking to leasehold houses sold privately.

Looking specifically at the figures for Tamworth, at the last count in B77, 78 and 79 there were 44,686 properties. Since 1995, 36,373 properties in B77, 78 and 79 have changed hands and have been sold. Looking further at those 36,373 transactions in B77, 78 and 79 since 1995, using data from Land Registry and solicitors practice My-Home-Move, 16.06% have been leasehold (higher than the national average of 15%).

However, I am concerned about a few new homes builders selling new houses (not flats – houses) as leasehold. There has been a growing (yet small) trend for new-build houses to be sold as leasehold in recent years. While not all house builders use this model, those that do maintain it helps make developments financially viable.

The issue comes when builders sell the freehold separately to an investment company without informing the lease holder  – which they are legally allowed to do without telling the leaseholder. In England and Wales, the “right of first refusal” to buy the freehold is written in law to leaseholders of flats i.e. the freeholder must offer it to the leaseholders of all the flats of the building first), but not leaseholders of houses.

.. and this is the point I am trying to get across. If you are buying a new home and it’s a house (i.e. not a flat) – please check very carefully indeed whether its freehold or leasehold. If it is a leasehold, whilst you do have rights, they are not as strong as for those people buying a leasehold flat. I appreciate I am only talking about a very small percentage of the property market, but potentially this could end up costing thousands of pounds to those affected.

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If you are looking for an agent with experience that can help you find the right tenant for your property, then contact us to find out how we can get the best out of your investment property.

Email me on lorraine@hallandthompson.co.uk or give me a call on 07531484956. We can always meet up for a chat and a coffee, we can even walk the dog.

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