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  1. Hi guys, After missing out on multiple student properties in Exeter within article 4. I am now looking to purchase in the areas close to the boundry. I have a few questions regarding this, some help would be much appreicated. Ideal plan would be buy a 3 bed and create a 4th bedroom with the living room - so 4 bed student property. HMO licencing starts at 5 bed rooms, so not needed. But what else will i need to keep everything above board? Have tried to look into permitted development rights, regs etc but everything on my local councils website is outdated and mainly relates to article 4 and its hard to find an answer. Fire alarm system? Is this required as well as obviously wired smoke and heat detectors.. Tenancy agreement would be joint tenancy so not individual rooms let as such if this makes a difference? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks Max
  2. Stuart, that response is extremely helpful, thank you. Pretty much along the lines of what i thought the situation was.
  3. Students (4 of) would be on a 11 month single tennancy agreement for the academic year, no?
  4. Hi guys, Looking to potentially buy a 4 bed student property with students in situ, but can't seem to find a straight answer! If all 4 tenants are on 1 tennancy agreement (which they are), would this be mortgaged via a standard BTL mortgage or require an HMO mortgage? I know if there are 4 tennacy agreements then a HMO mortgage would be needed but unsure on the single Tennancy situation? Could someone please shed some light on this? Thanks Max
  5. Hey guys, Currently remortgaging by personal residence to free up some capital and by a 4th BTL. Just a quick question, current market price for the house is 350-375k, lender valuation came in at 314k.. I can still access the additional borrowing i would like with the lenders down valuation, on the rate etc originally offered by the lender.. But is this something i need to address with the lender? Changing the LTV won't effect the rate offered etc and i'm still accessing the money i require just with a lower value on paper.. Just want some advice on wether to leave it and crack on or address it? My head is saying push on, valuation is irrelevent unless it impacted the borrowing request? Thanks again, Max
  6. Hey guys, Just a quick one. I am the new owner of a leasehold flat within an old house, the house in total has 2 flats (A&B) I am also joint director of the company that owns the freehold of the whole house, containing both flats. My question is, do i need specialist insurance to insure the whole building, or is this just normal landlords ins? But instead of insuring my flat, we as the company owning the freehold should insure the whole building? Hoping someone can clarify on this as i cant seem to see much online for this! Thanks Max
  7. Hi Stuart, Thanks for your reply. We are looking at 150,000 borrowing. Options are; 2 year fixed rate with TSB at 2.84% with no fees and a free mortgage valuation. This works out at £355.00 a month OR 1.87% 2 year fixed rate with a £700.00 product fee and a £299.00 application fee which has to be paid upfront. The valuation fee is free. Works at £243pcm+fees. Or 284pcm when the 995 is added in over the 2 year fixed term. OR 5 Year fix at 2.27% which will cost £283.75 approximately. From where i'm sitting i'm swaying towards the 5 or 2 year +fees. And pay the fee upfront, not add to the mortgage? Think it bascially comes down to wether we want to remortgage sooner rather than later.. Any opinions would be much appreciated, incase i am missing something? Thanks
  8. Hey guys, Looking at options for BTL mortgages on a flat me and my partner are purchasing. What are you views on product fees? Have been offered at 1.94%+995 fee. Am i better taking the mortgage with the fee and cash flowing better PCM or the higher rate and no fee and in the long run having a lower mortgage balance? (fees are added to the mortgage term) This isnt something i could find much info on when i searched so would be good to hear some views.. Thanks, Max
  9. Hi guys, Like i'm sure many of you my tennats have fallen into arrears during the covid spell. Over the course of the last few months they owed £800, they then made a payment halfway through to reduce the owed amount by half. Currently £400 outstanding. Do you think, now the country is starting to get back on its feet i should be pushing my agent to apply some light pressure regarding the monies owed? Up until now i haven't and the £400 was topped up at their own free will. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks Max
  10. HI guys, Looking at buying my second BTL as a joint purchase with my partner (would be her first) Ive done some reading on joint tenants and tenants in common, but cant seem to find a clear answer as to which is best to go for? We arent marrried but have been together 4-5 years and at the moment no plans to marry in the near future The purchase will be a clean 50/50 split in terms of costs to buy and the rental pcm split also. Are their any advantages of choosing one over the other apart from being able to divide a share of the property which wouldnt be needed as we will be equal partners as such.. Can shares be divided at a later date if either partner wanted to own more or less of the property? Thanks Max
  11. Stuart, thanks for your quick response. I'll check regarding the clauses with the agent Apart from that is there anything else i need to be looking for? The property is currently vacant and the vendor wishes to either sell or re rent. She is offering to place a tennant (assuming so she can cover costs for the next few months if a sale was to proceed) Should i be trying to purchase as vaccant or with a sitting tennant? Thanks
  12. Hi Guys, I'm looking for some advice, i currently have 1 BTL property a terraced house but looking to add to this with a 1 bed flat as a join purchase with my partner. I currently have 1 BTL and 1 Main residence She currently has no property Question being as a joint purchase on the flat i am assuming we would pay the 3% even though she is a first time buyer? Its not split 50:50, so my portion would be 3% and hers nil due to joint ownership? Second question, in the future we plan on moving from the main residence we live in now (owned by myself), if that property is sold and we purchase a main residence together is the SDLT not at the higher rate? As i would have sold my previous main residence, but she would be purchasing a second home in effect, however the first was not her mainresidence? Hopefully someone can simplfy this for me! Thanks in advance, Max!
  13. Hi Guys, I'm looking for some advice, i currently have 1 BTL property a terraced house but looking to add to this with a 1 bed flat. Leasehold isn't something i've Purchased before so just want to see if i'm missing anything. Flat is 1 of 2 in a midterraced house Lease length is 999 from 1987 No share of the free hold - Freeholder is a seperate individual ie not the owner of the flat above Groundrent - peppercorn at £10 per annum Maintenance split between the 2 as and when £150 per ammum contribution to buildings ins Are there any more questions i need to be asking regarding the ground rent etc? Peppercorn ground rent is something i've only just been reading up on. Or anything in general that applies when purchasing a flat? Any advice is much appreciated! Max
  14. HI guys, I am in the mist of buying a large semi detatched property for myself, with scope of converting the loft and a small kitchen extension. As most of the properties in the row have done so, including neighbours either side. However there is a covenant upon the property, that seems to restrict this? Main point from the convenant below; (i) That no building or erection shall at any time hereafter be built or erected on the said piece or parcel of land hereby conveyed until the plans and elevations thereof shall have been submitted to and approved of in writing by the vendor. Questions; If the original vendor is deceased (he would be a minimum of 111 years old now) and can no longer approve / deny, is the covenant void / no longer enforced? Or is it the other way around, as they cannot approve a plan, the covenant is always enforced no matter what happens? Who can enforce the covenant if breached? I’m assuming when applying for planning to extend this would come to light? Is there anywhere i can put forward questions, would the land registry shed some more light or a planning department? Does this restrict all building, even the likes of a small garden wall apposed to a kitchen extension? Or removing some of the front garden to extend an already in place parking bay? Hopefully someone can shed some light or point me to someone that can as right now my brain is fried! Thanks Max
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