The Clients: An experienced, UK based HMO landlord was looking to go into partnership, via a new Limited Company, with an investor based in Singapore. The investor in Singapore didn’t own any UK property.
The Property: The clients were looking to invest in a newly refurbished, seven-bedroom HMO in an area of the South East, which was familiar to the UK investor and has a large student population.
The Finance: The pair wanted to purchase the HMO to make the most of the area’s abundant student market. The investor in Singapore was supplying the majority of the deposit for the purchase.
The Challenge: The clients wanted to form a Limited Company to purchase buy to let property, however, they had been turned away by several other brokers due to the foreign national not owning any UK property.
The Solution: We knew that there are lenders that would be more than happy with the foreign investor being a shareholder of the limited company. Through working with the client and their professional tax adviser, the foreign investor agreed that he would be a minority shareholder (under 20%) in the company.
The UK investor became the director of the limited company with 81% shares, and the Singaporean investor held the remaining 19%. Once this was agreed, we were able to approach a lender that was comfortable with the foreign investor being a minority shareholder. The lender would underwrite solely against the director and their shareholding.
The pair were then able to purchase the HMO and start their property investment journey as a limited company. Here are the details:
Property value: £555,000
Loan amount: £416,250
Term: 5-year fixed, interest-only
Mortgage payment: £1340 per calendar month
Lender arrangement fee: 2% added to the loan.
Rental income: £3770 per calendar month
Gross yield: 8.1% per annum
Consultant: Luke Worrell, 01732 471600
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29th October 2019