Friday, 10 June 2016

Mortgage Lenders Open Up Buy-To-Let To Longer Tenancies

A significant shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market. For a few years, restrictions in the T&Cs of buy-to-let loans have been pointed to as one of the big barriers to increasing the availability of longer, family friendly tenancies. Until recently, most buy-to-let lenders required a standard Assured Shorthold Tenancy of 6 or 12 months. If a landlord offered longer contracts they would have been breaching the conditions of their mortgage. With the majority (50-55%) of landlords relying on a mortgage, for many families who had to privately rent the prospect of getting a longer tenancy was a non-starter. But all of that has now changed. The Council of Mortgage Lenders have confirmed that lenders responsible for more than half of England’s buy-to-let loan book now allow contracts of at least 24 months. Most of these allow for up to three years; some have no maximum tenancy period at all. Read more on the Shelter blog.

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