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Remortgage of take-away shop with flat above to repay unsecured debts

Remortgage of take-away shop with flat above to repay unsecured debts

05.06.18 | Written by: Andy Elley

The client: A self-employed taxi company operator approached us looking to raise finance on a semi-commercial property to repay some unsecured debts. He also owns two buy to let properties in his personal name.

The property: A semi-commercial property in Nottingham which the client owns outright. The ground floor retail unit is leased to a hot food takeaway business. Above it is a two-bed flat which was run-down and in an unlettable condition when purchased.

The finance required: The client was looking to raise £60k (in his personal name) to repay some unsecured debts and have sufficient funds to complete the final refurbishments to the flat above. We knew that finding a lender might be tricky for two reasons:

  • The client had more than £40k in unsecured debt and an untidy credit profile
  • Not many lenders will accept takeaways – the potential for late night opening hours, smells and noise can make these properties difficult to sell quickly

A bit of research and a few conversations later, we identified a lender that was happy to accept an application.

The application process: In addition to helping the client complete the application form, we helped him to collate all the necessary supporting documentation including:

  • Proof of identity, address and income
  • Details of assets and liabilities
  • Latest 3 years’ tax overview
  • 3 months’ bank statements

The lender then manually underwrote the application which included a discussion to clarify the client’s credit record. Shortly afterwards a formal mortgage offer was issued on the following, acceptable terms.

Property value: £110,000

Loan amount: £60,000

LTV: 55%

Rate: 4.59% + Lender’s LIBOR (currently 0.55%) = 5.14%, variable

Term: 15 years capital and interest

Lender arrangement fee: 1.5% of loan amount (£900) added to loan

Mortgage payment: £486 pcm

Rental income: £700 pcm from the takeaway

Gross yield: 7.6% pa

Consultant: Andy Elley, 01732 471644

ANY PROPERTY USED AS SECURITY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE YOUR HOME, MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

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