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Top Tips For Buy-to-Let Success

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With rental demand outstripping supply in many parts of London, this could be a good time to invest in a London rental investment property. Low interest rates and a volatile stock market add further to the appeal. London property has traditionally performed well in investment terms and is widely viewed as a safe haven by investors worldwide but you need to plan carefully before deciding where and what to buy.

Buy to Let in London1. Research
Find out about the local area and what it has to offer tenants – transport, schools, shops and sports facilities are all important to tenants and influence their decision on where to rent. Talk to a local letting agent who should be happy to advise you.

2. Rental Demand
Over 20% of London homes are privately rented but you need to decide which market you are aiming at and how strong the level of demand is. Are you targeting young professionals (singles and couples), families or maybe students?

3. Type and Size of Property
Your target market will influence the type of property you buy. Young, professional couples will be looking for a one or two bedroom property – new developments are popular as they offer a high spec and great amenities. Families on the other hand prefer something larger, preferably with outside space. If you’re aiming at students, choose either a studio or one bed, or a two bed that is ideal for sharing – close to a good University.

4. Rental Yields
Research typical rents in your chosen area. Rental yields tend to be higher outside central London where purchase prices are lower yet rental demand is high. For example, a one bed apartment in the Dickens Yard development in Ealing costs around £350,000 and achieves a rent of £1550 per month – a yield of 6%. Yields in central London are 2%-3% because of higher property prices.

5. Letting Agents
Decide whether to use a London’s letting agent or manage the property yourself. If you’re going it alone, you’ll need to know about the legalities of letting such as tenancy agreements, tenant referencing, the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, gas and electrical safety. And you’ll need trusted tradesmen on hand to handle maintenance and repairs. If you use a letting agent, you should factor in their fees but this is usually a wise investment as failing to comply with lettings regulations can incur large fines.

Call Us for Accurate Rental Advice
Finally, remember that property is a long-term investment so plan to keep the property for at least five years. If you’re thinking about buying a London rental investment property and need advice, call any of our London lettings offices for free, accurate rental advice.

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Marc has been a board director since 2001 and oversees the company’s rental operations as well as developing new business. He is instrumental in the company’s expansion and works closely with Managing Director Anita Mehra to develop its core services. Read more about Marc von Grundherr here - Read full profile

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