Residential or Buy To Let

Posted on 20 October 2012 by Rodney

Hi John.Would it be possible to take out a mortgage,pay a couple of months,then tell the mortgage company that I wish to let the house?Would they be obliged to grant me my wish or could the cancel the whole deal?Is there a minimum period before I could change to a letting mortgage?Hope this makes sense.

Most lenders typically won't grant what is known as a 'consent to let' in the first 6 months of the mortgage term, as they feel that within this time you would have known that there was a possibilty that you would have wanted to let the property out. Also lenders reserve the right to amend the rate to a Buy To Let one, so although they wouldn't want their money back, they wouldn't keep the mortgage on a residential rate. Before submitting an application we would complete a fact find with you to look at what you would need from the mortgage, and whether it is likely that you would be looking to rent the property out.

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