They used to be an issue with lenders but we now have many options!

So what do you need to watch out for?

Experience

The preconception is often that you need plenty of experience in this sector but that is not the case!

You only need to have had one BTL for one year to be eligible for an HMO with a care provider lease in place.

Type of property

Each care provider needs a specific type of property, whether it is the number of bedrooms, amount of communal space, etc. It’s a balance between making sure that it is not so bespoke you can’t do anything with it if this doesn’t work out without spending further money if for any reason it doesn’t go through.

Area

Again, this will be dictated by the type of tenants. Location is so important to your care provider, so make sure you find this out before you start sourcing your property. Distance to local amenities, transport links, and particular things that need to be close (or not!) are vital to your provider.

The Lease

Ask for a copy of one of the care providers’ draft leases in advance. Lenders will need to approve them, so it is important that you give us a copy of this to get it approved, in principle, before the transaction starts. A recent case needed some amendments which the care provider agreed to, but this may not always be the case. This is really important as the fund is dependent on it.

What are the benefits?

  • Less uncertainty of tenant turnover.
  • No void periods or non-payment.
  • The contract usually includes all bills.
  • No referencing or upfront costs.
  • Property is handed back as you left it.

 

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