Buy to let mortgages for UK landlords

Commercial Trust is one of the largest specialist brokers in the UK.

We work with landlords to secure finance for buying and remortgaging property using: buy to let mortgages, commercial mortgages and bridging loans.

Each product has its own unique features and is suitable for different purposes. Between these three product types, we can assist in finding financial solutions for UK property investors.

The buy to let mortgage industry

Unlike in many other countries, much of the rented sector in the United Kingdom is funded by private individuals. These investors have access to specialist commercial loans called buy to let mortgages. A buy to let mortgage allows someone to buy a property to let out to a paying tenant.

Where it began

Buy to let mortgages first came onto the market in the 1990s. Before this, landlords used business loans to fund acquisitions. This often entailed larger up front deposits and higher interest rates. In 1996, lenders began offering loans with similar costs and features to traditional mortgages.

This made a dramatic difference to the rental market. In the years since, buy to let mortgages have gained tremendous popularity. Several firms, from small specialist lenders to large high-street banks, offer buy to let finance. High-street lenders often do so under a different brand name, to differentiate the two types of business.

Buy to let regulation

Most buy to let mortgages do not fall under Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulation, the aim of which is to protect consumers entering into financial contracts for products with which they may be unfamiliar.

The FCA sees buy to let investment as a business activity and expects that buy to let investors will generally have an understanding of the risks involved. It oversees consumer buy to let (CBTL) mortgages and regulated mortgage contracts only.

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Get in touch to discover more about the different types of financial solution we can access and how they can help you with your next property investment. Call us on the number at the top of the screen or enquire now about your next buy to let, commercial or bridging loan application.

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