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Buy to Let Guide

What is buy to let?

Buying ‘to let’ means purchasing a property to rent it out. If you’re considering becoming a landlord, this handy guide is here to help. Learn how buying to let works and the benefits and potential risks. Plus, get to grips with buy to let mortgages, tax liabilities and choosing the right home for yourself and your tenants.

Buying to let advantages and disadvantages

Advantages of buying to let  

  • Long-term investment potential, as most properties gain value over time
  • Profit from rental income
  • If you buy a new home with David Wilson Homes, you’ll be backed by a 10-year warranty, avoiding the cost of unexpected repairs

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The potential disadvantages of buying to let

  • Landlords pay 18% to 28% tax on the profit from a buy to let property
  • You may need to pay Capital Gains Tax if you decide to sell

How do I make money from a buy to let property?

If you want to measure your home’s profitability, consider its rental yield. That’s the financial return your buy to let property can bring.

A good rental yield is benchmarked at 5%.

For example, if you want to buy a £100,000 home and charge your tenants £200 a week, your annual rent will be £10,400. To calculate the yield, divide 10,400 by 100,000 and multiply by 100. The outcome is 10.4%.

What is a buy to let mortgage?

Buy to let mortgages are for buying homes when you won't live there yourself. There are some significant differences between buy to let mortgages and residential mortgages, including the following:

• How much you can borrow
• Buy to let mortgages are interest-only
• Buy to let mortgages can require a larger deposit

The amount you can borrow

The amount you can borrow depends on the rental income you can expect from your buy to let property. Many lenders will also look at your income.

Interest-only mortgage

Most buy to let mortgages are interest-only, meaning you’ll pay interest on your mortgage instead of the total loan amount. Your monthly payments will decrease as time passes, but you may need to sell the house, remortgage or pay the loan in full once the term ends.

Higher deposit

Most buy to let lenders want a deposit of at least 25%. Many will also charge a product fee.

How do I choose a buy to let property?

Ready to find the best investment property for you? Read on for advice on choosing a buy to let property.

1. Set your budget

How much you can afford will determine the location, property type, and rent you can charge your tenants. Be realistic when setting your budget and research how much you can earn from rental income.

2. Talk to a local estate agent

If you don’t have a specific area in mind, talking to an estate agent can be helpful. They can share insights into the local market, help you advertise your property and arrange viewings. They can also support you with collecting rent and handling disputes.

3. Consider the mortgage

You can get a buy to let mortgage to help fund your investment, but consider this when arranging your finances.

4. Appeal to a particular type of tenant

Understanding your ideal tenants will help you choose the best buy to let property. For instance, families may prioritise proximity to schools, while students may prefer good transport links and nightlife nearby.

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What taxes do I pay on a buy to let?

Taxes you’ll need to pay on buy to let homes include the following:

• Tax on your rental income
• Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
• Stamp Duty

Tax on your rental income

Rental income is calculated based on your tax band. You can deduct some costs like utility bills, letting agent fees and contents insurance.

Capital Gains Tax

You’ll pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) once you sell your buy to let property. If you’re a basic taxpayer, this is charged at 18% or 28%, depending on your tax band.

Stamp Duty

You’ll need to pay an extra 3% Stamp Duty for any second or additional property. Stamp Duty is also charged based on the property price.

Learn more about Stamp Duty in our comprehensive guide.




What are the best locations for buy to let properties?

Some of the best locations for buy to let properties include the following:


External view of the three bedroom Kennett

Top tips for buying to let

Have you found your perfect buy to let property? Read on for advice on how to profit from your investment.

1. Research the market

Get familiar with the market. Research the costs included in your buy to let venture, the benefits and potential drawbacks of buying to let and your legal responsibilities.

2. Get help from a letting agent

Estate agents can help you do things right, especially if this is your first time buying to let.

3. Do your checks

We recommend checking your tenants’ credit scores and references to ensure they can afford to pay your rental amount.

4. Protect yourself

Invest in insurance to cover yourself in any eventuality.

5. Buy a newer home to reduce maintenance costs

New homes benefit from the latest specifications, meaning fewer and lower maintenance and refurbishment costs,

6. Take care of your property

Invest in quality furniture and ensure your property looks good inside and out.

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