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Hi, i'm a fairly experienced landlord of 38 years from London. I have been offering a house or apartment to rent for most of that time, usually my own while away working overseas. Currently, i have a one bed apartment in London, Docklands which i bought in 2014 and i've been renting that out for the past 2 years. I self manage remotely, which is easier for apartments it must be said, especially newer ones. I'm 60 years old and retired since renting the apartment in London. After finding a tenant i decided to travel some of the world taking in S. America, Mexico, Balkans, Turkey, Caucuses, Central Asia, Nepal, India and S.E. Asia, all financed from the single rental property.....and what a trip it's been!! :-) I'm more than willing to share my experiences with anyone who's interested and as far as the letting side goes, it wasn't rocket science! ;-) I have additional funds available and i'm interested in expanding and investing in the Midlands/North. Hopefully with other(s) investors who have experience with renovations and a view to then rent out or sell on. Thanks for listening... Robert
I'm 64 years old and my wife is 61, both in reasonable health, however, we are hoping to retire in 2018. For the last 30 years, my wife and I have run a Guest House. The building is quite large over four floors including a converted basement area with the land taken away from the gable end creating a large patio area for the basement. As you can imagine, this is a life changer for us; once we close the doors we stop our income. Scary. That's why I've joined this forum. The building is worth around £850,000.00 with no mortgage attached. The location is a south Manchester suburb with very good transport links into the city 5.9 miles away; including a metro stop just a 9-minute walk away (no not 10, 9 ) which take 12 minutes into the city. We have savings of £150,000, a private pension of £3700 per year with my state pension due in Jan 2018 and my wife’s due in Feb 2022 and a small pension due in 2023 of £4700 per year. We have two options: To sell, buying a place for our selves with the proceeds of the sale, say £400.000 and invest the rest hoping for a minimum yearly income of 4% on £400,000. (£1,300.00 per month including fees) To redevelop the building; creating just 4 luxury apartments (very large, one per floor). With a minimum rental income of £1000 per unit. The question is what would be the most prudent way of setting up option 2 . Option 1 Is pretty straightforward, however, we would end up with the main part of our retirement income being susceptible to fund managers decisions and stock market fluctuation (little control). Option 2 As a couple of potions its self : a) We move out into my wife’s brother house with them, for a good 6 months or we rent at £700 per month. We use our saving to redevelop hoping £150,000 will be enough, to leave us with no loans or mortgage to repay. Once the work is completed we take on one of the apartments. Reducing our income from £4000pm to £3000pm. Asset wise we will have the proceeds from the sale of a property to pass on to our sons. We have tree boys all in there 30's. The first two we help to buy their houses. The oldest bought for £62,000 the second bought at £162,000 and the third is having a hard time with the average house around Manchester at £250,000. We could sell one apartment to him for £150,000 through his own mortgage. After inviting 7 estate agents in round 18 months ago the average sales price of each apartment was £250.000. This will generate another £150,000 in the pot which would secure the development costs and also could be used as a deposit on a house for our selves with repayments met by are overall income. The thought being our youngest son can sell or rent out his apparent to help fund a house for himself. Asset wise we would have three apartments at a minimum sales price of £750,000 and the equity on the house we would buy. The three apartments would act as security on any loan we require for a house. This is just my thoughts. I would love it if someone told me it's a load of rubbish and came up with a fantastic new way of looking at it. We rented out a number of properties in the seventy's all to students, so a little experience, but need to get up to speed with todays letting market. The Planning decision is on the 5th October, in which we envisage no problems. If we decide against the development the building will be sold with planning permission. Other factors, My wife is scared stiff.