Your complete guide to:

UK buy to let
investment property

Everything you need to know about making money from property in 2021 and beyond.

Is buy to let investing
still profitable?

The UK’s buy to let sector has come a long way in the past few decades, growing from a small, niche market into a multi-faceted, lucrative area of the property sector.

Buy to let to is generally accepted as one of the best asset classes around, with returns consistently outpacing stocks, shares, and gold over the past few years. With more than two million private sector investors now owning over £1 trillion worth of homes across the UK, buy to let has become a mainstream consideration for buyers from all around the world.

How to get started
with buy to let?

For people getting started with buy to let property, it is important to establish your objectives before investing.

It is a great idea to seek independent financial advice to determine your budget and long-term financial obligations. Establishing your outgoings including buy to let mortgage repayments, insurance, and management costs for example, will give you a clear overview of how to balance your books.

Buy to let property appeals to first-time investors as it offers the opportunity to secure a monthly rental income and capital growth when they come to sell the asset.

The tangible nature of property and the simplicity of renting out a property for profit is also a draw for first-time investors.

For those starting out with buy to let, contacting a trusted property consultancy like Town Square Invest is a great starting point. Our experienced team can answer your questions and present specifically sourced opportunities to suit your budget and requirements.

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What’s in the guide?

  • Location Guide: Where to Invest
  • Which Asset Class is Best for You
  • Market Fundamentals
  • Why Now is the Time to Invest
  • Learn how to Maximise your ROI
  • UK House Price Forecast
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How have recent changes to buy to let investmentaffected UK property investment?

Since 2015, the UK government has introduced policy changes to improve buying conditions for owner-occupiers.

For landlords and property investors, this wave of recent changes will have an impact on the buying process, taxes and returns.

Policy changes include:

  • An additional 3% levy on Stamp Duty on buy to let and second homes
  • Taxation changes mean that owners can no longer deduct mortgage interest from their taxable income
  • A ban on letting agent fees for letting agents
  • Stamp Duty increase from April 2021 applied to overseas investors (additional 2% levy)
  • Capital Gains changes introduced in April 2020 means that, if you’re a UK resident and sell a residential property in the UK you will have 30 days to tell
  • HMRC and pay any Capital Gains Tax owed (you do not pay if you have not made a profit on the property)

Despite the introduction of these changes, the UK’s buy to let market remains a strong contender for investors and, when compared to international markets, real estate in Great Britain continues to offer exceptional value for money.

Buy to let hotspots 2021
and beyond

Trends outside the capital in recent times have given investors an insight into just how much regional markets have to offer. In areas such as the north-west, north-east and the Midlands - specifically places like Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester - buyers can find properties that are considerably cheaper than those available in London, with greater scope for capital growth in the coming years.

Properties with excellent transport connections have traditionally kept their value due to demand from buyers and renters outstripping the supply chain.

Towns in London’s commuter belt including Brentwood have benefitted from a rise in the number of city workers leaving the capital due to the pandemic and taking advance of flexible working. For investors, commuter belt locations with fast access into the capital will offer reliable rental returns and strong growth potential – especially if they are situated on the new Crossrail route.

Buy to let mortgage

Interest rates have been historically low for the past decade and in light of the pandemic, the Bank of England cut rates to a record low of 0.1% in March 2020. Rates will inevitably climb over time however, if the last 10 years have taught us anything, any increase will be a slow and steady pace.

Low interest rates are great news for investors looking to purchase property with a buy to let mortgage. With plenty of mortgage products available it is vital you seek independent advice to secure the best deal for your requirements.

Is overseas property
a good investment?

Before investing in a UK property, it is always important to consider your motivations and what you want to achieve from your investment.

A buy to let property investment provides investors with the opportunity to secure a monthly rental income and house price gains over time however, it is advisable to establish exactly what you want to achieve before investing.

This investment is for you if:
  • You want to enter a stable property market
  • You want to secure reliable rental returns
  • You understand that property values fluctuate
  • You are looking for a fully managed asset
It is not for you if:
  • You are looking for a visa
  • You or a relative want to live in the property
  • You are looking for a holiday home
  • Need to flip for a quick profit

Why act now?

Despite the pandemic, UK property values increased by over 10% year-on-year and is showing no signs of slowing down.

If you have been considering investing, now is the time to act. Unlike stocks and shares, property is one of the most stable ways to invest your money, and you will generate a better return than holding it in a bank that offers low interest rates.

Our range of fully managed UK property investments

Our selection of UK buy-to- let properties offer reliable rental assurances,
so you will know exactly how much income you will generate.

Residential Apartments

Queen Street

  • City centre apartments
  • Strong capital growth potential
  • Off plan development
  • Q4 2022 completion
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Residential Apartments

Michigan Towers

  • 6% NET assured for 2 years
  • Strong capital growth potential
  • Prime city centre location
  • Luxurious finish
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Residential Apartments

Manchester Waters

  • 6% NET assured for 2 years
  • Studio, 1, 2 & 3 bed apts
  • UK property hotspot
  • Luxurious finish
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Residential Apartments

Chatham Waters

  • 6% NET p.a. for 2 years
  • Completed waterfront apartments
  • 36-mins from London by train
  • Luxurious finish
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Student Accommodation

Silk Mill Suites

  • 7% NET p.a. for 3 years
  • Fully furnished and managed
  • The closest new-build to the university
  • Completed & operational
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Residential Apartments

Hadrian's Tower

  • Luxury city centre apartments
  • Completed and furnished
  • 5% NET p.a. for 5 years
  • Fully managed buy to let
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Residential Apartments

Studio 52

  • Receive 7% NET per annum
  • Completed and operational
  • Furnished & fully managed
  • City centre location
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Residential Apartments

Library House

  • Up to £2,500 Stamp Duty saving
  • Completed and operational
  • Prime location
  • Excellent growth potential
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Reliable, stable returns
With a record number of people renting, investors can secure rental returns that are underpinned by a high demand.
Capital growth potential
The tangible nature of property makes it an ideal option to help your money grow in a safe and secure asset.
Ideal for UK & Overseas investors
With clear property laws and an established buying process in place, the UK is a safe haven for investors.

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Buy to let
investment FAQs
  • Freehold vs Leasehold
    Freehold means that you own the property and the land it stands on for an unlimited period of time. A Leaseholder owns the property for a pre-determined period of time and does not own the land it sits on (mainly applies to apartments). The Freeholder owns the land and Leaseholders are subject to paying additional charges including Ground Rent.

    At Town Square Invest, our developments are sold on a long leasehold basis. When buying a property on a leasehold basis, we recommend buying a property with a minimum of 125 years on the lease. Anything below 60 years, will require an extension which can be costly and time-consuming plus, if you are buying with a mortgage, it may not meet your lender’s requirements.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) applies when you buy houses, flats, and other buildings over a certain price in the UK. The amount you pay will vary based on the property’s price, whether you are purchasing a second home, and also depending on what asset class you are entering.
  • Generation Rent
    Generation Rent is a popular term used in the UK property market. It refers to young adults (18-40) who have been priced out of the housing market. This tenant pool is appealing to buy-to-let investors because there is a high demand from tenants who are unable to buy and instead spend a high percentage of their wages on rent.
  • Land Registry
    A government department created to register the ownership of land in England and Wales, Land Registry is where evidence of ownership is documented including third party rights.
  • VAT
    It is not common to pay VAT on residential property purchases however, commercial property transactions may be subject to VAT. Whether a commercial property transaction is subject to VAT will depend on a number of factors, mainly being whether it is regarded as a “new” property or whether the seller has opted to tax the property. If you are buying a commercial property, it is worth seeking independent advice from a trusted company to ensure that you understand your obligations.
  • Council Tax
    Council tax is a tax set by each locality on UK properties that may be used as a dwelling, regardless of whether owned or rented. Landlords must ensure that there is an assured tenancy in place where the tenant pays the tax. If there is no tenant in place, or the property is unoccupied, owners are liable to pay.
  • Property Licencing
    Across the UK, some local councils have launched landlord licences. The fees vary depending on the council and you will need to establish whether your property will require a licence.
  • Capital Gains Tax
    Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the profit when a person sells their property/asset that has increased in value. The amount of Capital Gains Tax you will vary depending on what you are selling, the amount of profit made and whether you are based in the UK or overseas. It is always best to seek independent advice to determine your tax obligations.
  • Appointing a Solicitor
    It is important to appoint a trusted and specialist solicitor to aid you throughout your property purchase. Your solicitor will act on your behalf to protect your best interests and will be able to help you throughout the buying process. If you are buying through an agent, you can ask for a recommendation and make sure you do your own research (by checking online reviews) before entering an agreement.
  • Using a UK property consultancy
    A UK property consultancy like Town Square Invest is able to provide access to exclusive buy to let opportunities. With over 50 years of experience, the team at Town Square Invest is perfectly equipped to help you throughout your investment journey.

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