Costs that you need to consider as a landlord include:
- Buy-to-Let Mortgage Costs: Most likely to be your largest regular outgoing. If you make a large deposit then you’ll secure a better deal. Taking out a variable-rate mortgage (like a tracker) will mean you are at the mercy of the Bank of England base rate. Your mortgage payments will rise if the base rate does.
- Repair and Maintenance Costs: If you have well-behaved and respectful tenants who actively maintain and preserve your household whilst they are living there, then your repair costs should be relatively low. It’s hard to put a price on maintenance as every property is different, and you will know more about it than anyone. The ‘little and often’ approach is advisable for general maintenance tasks as it can often keep costs down in the long term.
- Agency or Property Management Fees: Using a letting agent and a property manager can be extremely handy because they can take care of all the nitty-gritty stuff and paperwork for you, including tenant and property management. They can collect rent, deal with tenant issues and queries and conduct inspections on your behalf.
- Refurbishment Costs: Putting some money aside for refurbishments is a wise idea, so the cost doesn’t hit you all in one go. You will probably need to redecorate parts of your property every few years.
Landlord Insurance: Taking out landlord insurance is a wise idea. In fact, if you wish to apply for a mortgage, your lender will usually expect you to have this in place. Costs will vary depending on the type and location of your property, and the level of cover you want.