Purchase of freehold block of 9 flats above offices and nightclub

The client is a City banker who already owns one rental property and was looking to grow his portfolio. He had identified a freehold block of nine flats in a popular Cornish town. The flats - six 1-bed units and three 2-bed units - were in good condition, all let on ASTs. However, there was a major sticking point - the flats are situated above offices on the ground floor and a weekend nightclub in the basement. Because of this most lenders were not interested.

To resolve this issue, I took the proposal to a specialist lender that was willing to assess the scenario. The underwriter felt that the property was a good risk and agreed to lend 75% of the purchase price.

Here are the details of the deal:

Property value: £425,000

Loan amount: £318,750

Loan to value: 75%

Rate: Lender’s LIBOR 0.75 + 4.75%

Term: 10 years interest only

Monthly payment: £1,461

Month rental income: £4,583

Annual yield: 12.9%

Lender arrangement fee: 1.7%

Completion date: December 2014

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