Being a landlord can be hugely rewarding and very profitable – but it can also be costly. Upkeep and maintenance costs, managing rental void periods and paying tax bills, it all adds up.
This is especially true since changes were introduced to the way landlords are taxed on their buy to let income. Under new measures introduced in 2017 the amount of tax relief landlords are able to claim on their mortgage has been significantly reduced.
As such tax bills are much higher than they once were. However, there is a way to reduce the impact of this.
With an offset buy to let mortgage you can use your savings to reduce the interest payable on a mortgage. Pretty handy, eh? Let’s take a closer look.
Offset buy to let mortgages are relatively new and, as such, there’s not that much awareness of them. The experts we work with work closely with lenders across the buy to let field and can help to find the ideal product for you.
What is a buy to let offset mortgage?
With an offset mortgage a borrower can use the savings they have to reduce the amount of interest they pay on their mortgage. As an example, if you have a £200,000 mortgage and £20,000 in savings you will only pay interest on £180,000.
You’ll need to keep your savings in an account with the same bank or lender that provides your mortgage.
Here’s an example of offset v standard BTL mortgage
Based on a £200,000 mortgage –
Standard BTL mortgage
Interest - 2.99%
Tax (Without higher rate relief)
Tax Credit (Basic)
Offset Mortgage – With £40,000 savings
Interest - 2.99% (On £160,000)
Tax (Without higher rate relief)
Tax Credit (Basic)
The above correct at the time of writing (21/9/18) and is for illustrative purposes only and you should talk to a tax or mortgage expert and check current interest rates.
How can an offset buy to let mortgage help me as a landlord?
As a landlord you’ll have to pay tax on the money you earn. Until 2017 landlords could deduct all of the interest they pay on their mortgage from their tax bill. In short, they would only be taxed on their profit, not their turnover. As most landlords have an interest-only mortgage this meant savings could be significant.
From 2017, however, the amount of mortgage cost that a landlord can deduct from their tax bill has been reducing. By 2020 it will reach zero. From 2020 landlords will be taxed on all of their income and given a 20% tax credit, even if you’re a higher or additional rate tax payer. As such tax bill could increase significantly for some landlords.
An offset mortgage can help to reduce the costs landlord face. By putting your savings into an account linked to an offset mortgage balance you’re able to reduce the interest due. And that will help to reduce the impact of the tax relief changes.
Can I access my savings with an offset?
With offset buy to let mortgages the money in your savings account will still be accessible. These mortgages are flexible buy to let mortgages and lenders recognise that landlords need access to their cash.
Can I get an offset mortgage for buy to let if I buy through a limited company?
Not at the time of writing, no.
Are buy to let offset mortgages available for HMOs?
No, not currently – although that may change as the market becomes bigger.
Are interest rates higher for a btl offset mortgage?
They can be. There are not many offset mortgages for landlords on the market and the flexibility they provide usually means a higher rate is charged. As more lenders enter this field, however, and competition increases we should see rates become more competitive.
Are there alternatives to offset buy to let mortgages?
Absolutely. You may find it more profitable to simply remortgage to the best and lowest rate available – it may be that the offset rate is not as good overall depending on your savings when compared to the best deal.
As a landlord, you need to look at which one will provide the most profit.
This is where the advisors we work with come in, they’ll help you with the right advice on which is the best course of action.
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The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs.
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