Remortgage Within Six Months for Complex HMO Buy to Let Case
The Clients: A pair of experienced landlords, with three buy to let properties owned through a limited company, all located in and around London.
The Property: Situated directly on a busy street, beside an MOT centre and school, Our clients had purchased this five-bedroom HMO for cash at auction just six months ago. Wanting to take advantage of the low rates and maximise borrowing potential, they were looking for a five-year fixed rate.
The Finance: Having bought this property with cash, the directors wanted to remortgage the property to capital raise for future investments.
The Challenge: The initial challenge was around the complex criteria aspects of this case. Firstly, most high-street lenders would not supply finance due to the property being purchased in the last six months. Furthermore, the location raised questions for the future saleability of the property, as the MOT centre and school could be noisy.
Lastly, one of the director’s was proceeding with a solvent liquidation. As they would no longer be a director of the limited company, this raised concerns around affordability for the property and caused some BTL lenders to decline the case.
The Solution: After speaking to a few lenders with criteria that would consider our client, we found one willing to work out a solution with us. We suggested that the outgoing director be removed from the limited company and replaced with the remaining director’s wife in order to work around the affordability issues. Comfortable with this arrangement, all that remained was for the valuer to report back whether the nearby MOT centre and school would cause issues with resale.
The valuer’s comments were favourable and deemed that the nearby commercial properties would not impact resale. Consequently, the lender happily offered the five-year fix our client wanted, meaning he could raise the capital required for another investment purchase. Here are the details: