As a buy-to-let investor, it’s important to know which mortgage you’ll need to rent out a property on a short-term basis. Some people assume they need a specific type of buy-to-let mortgage. In the majority of cases, most lenders provide standard buy-to-let mortgages.
However, lenders will insist you meet their buy-to-let requirements. Typically, lenders will place restrictions on how long you rent out the property throughout the year. However, some lenders are more flexible than others. Shop around for the best mortgage to suit your investment strategy.
You can also apply for a holiday let mortgage. Many lenders consider this a better option than a buy-to-let mortgage. These are less common than standard buy-to-lets, and lenders will have their own regulations and quirks, so make sure you consult a mortgage advisor beforehand.
However, if you plan on renting out serviced accommodation, you will need a specialist mortgage. Serviced accommodation mortgages or commercial mortgages are two options for this type of property.
Serviced accommodation loans are more difficult to find and allow landlords to rent our properties on a short-term basis.
Serviced accommodations are considered a trading business. As such, you’ll need a commercial mortgage to purchase this type of property. Luckily, these properties are purpose-built and require C1 planning, which removes any cap on the number of days they can be rented out. As such, your potential ROI is considerably higher than other short-term rental properties.
Alternatively, you can buy your short-term rental property with cash. This forgoes any potential mortgage headaches and makes the entire sale process more streamlined.