Should I sell or keep this Manchester flat? PLUS: Am I legally liable for the previous landlord’s mistake?

Welcome to another jam-packed Ask Rob & Rob – that time of the week where you fire your property investment questions at us and we fire our opinions straight back at you.

The first question this week is from Sean. He’s been listening to The Property Podcast for over a year (thanks Sean!) and has been loving the content so far.

Sean is 28 and in June 2015 he purchased a 2-bedroom apartment in one of the most prestigious buildings in Manchester city centre, complete with a balcony and parking.

Fast forward a few years and Sean has purchased another property which he wants to live in.

He has a bit of a dilemma: he wants to keep his old Manchester city centre property as a buy to let but isn’t sure. Here’s the rundown:

  • Value: £370,000
  • Outstanding mortgage: £280,000
  • 35 year repayment mortgage quote approx. £1,000 pcm
  • Service charge: £400 pcm
  • Rental forecast: £1,400-£1,500 pcm

Sean believes that capital growth in Manchester has a fair distance to go and would like to keep hold of the apartment but isn’t convinced this is the right thing to do. Would an interest only mortgage bring the costs down? Should he rent it out and subsidise the losses from his own pocket? Is it worth him keeping the apartment for 10-20 years or should he cut his losses and sell up?


Next up we have Jamie who’s in the process of purchasing a buy to let investment flat with an EPC rating of F.

The energy efficiency changes came into force back in April and the current owner has clearly granted a tenancy knowing his property doesn’t comply.

Jamie rightly wants to know if he’s likely to be held liable for this error when he purchases the investment property and the lease is changed into his name.

Listen to find out what Rob & Rob would do in this situation – and why Rob D has had to dig down into the legislation to help Jamie out.

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