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Old 07-10-2010, 1:58 PM
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Default Buy To Let Offset Mortgage?

Is there such as product as a buy to let offset mortgage?
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Is there such as product as a buy to let offset mortgage?
Why do want an offset facility on a BTL mortgage?

Cheaper to borrow less money at the outset.
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Hi,

Because i have a property that wont sell at the moment and i currently have 82k outstanding mortgage. I want to pay off a further 40k and then have the remaining 40k on an offset buy to let. I would then keep another 40k in the offset account rather than tie it up at the moment.

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BTL mortgages come with an arrangement fee of 2% - 3.5% of the amount advanced. Or in the case of the post Office a flat 1,500.

You may find that BTL lenders won't be interested in a 40k advance. As there's insufficent profit for the trouble of lending. Higher initial fees discourage applications.
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good point.

If i did want to look into this further is an offset buy to let mortgage actually possible?
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good point.

If i did want to look into this further is an offset buy to let mortgage actually possible?
Not a huge number of lenders in the market.

Mortgage Works, Paragon, Post Office to name a few.

At least give you a feel for current product options.
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I'm not aware of any BTL lenders offering offset products, as there is virtually zero demand for it. Interest costs on the Buy to Let can be offset against the rental income, so for most people it is counterproductive to offset savings against the mortgage debt as it may increase any tax bill. If you want to be able to pay the lot off I would take a deal with no redemption penalties, or alternatively a good 2 yr fixed rate (or whatever type of deal suits) and just stick it in savings and pay the mortgage off at the end of the fixed rate.
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thanks for the replies guys!

I think based on your advice the interest only option would work out best.

One thing i am unsure of is if we have a buy to let mortgage does this effect how much we can borrow for our lived in house mortgage or do they treat it as a separate thing?
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Completely separate as long as it is self financing.
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Completely separate as long as it is self financing.
Paragon use a 7% interest rate and a 130% of rental income on an interest only basis to determine this.

As far as I am aware highest in market place so a useful benchmark.
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hi all, hope its ok to comment on such an old thread but you might be able to help me,

regarding an offset b2l mortgage, for example clydesdale banks current offering with no early repayment penalties etc, could this be a better option than a fixed rate that carries erc's, even if i dont offset anything against it it may save me if i renovate and wish to sell quick.

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Default Reigniting the offset & buy to let question

My husband and I currently have an offset on our home mortgage and as we have savings, have found it a great way to reduce interest on the loan. We're planning to live abroad for a couple of years and let the flat while we're away.
We'll be leaving our savings here so would like to continue using them to reduce mortgage interest. We'll need to convert to a buy-to-let while it's rented out.
Does anyone know of a lender who offers a buy-to-let offset mortgage? Thanks in advance.
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My husband and I currently have an offset on our home mortgage and as we have savings, have found it a great way to reduce interest on the loan. We're planning to live abroad for a couple of years and let the flat while we're away.
We'll be leaving our savings here so would like to continue using them to reduce mortgage interest. We'll need to convert to a buy-to-let while it's rented out.
Does anyone know of a lender who offers a buy-to-let offset mortgage? Thanks in advance.
Ask your current lender if it will grant consent to let.

As mentioned earlier, mortgage interest is an allowable expense against the rental income, so offsetting means you will end up paying more tax on the surplus rent after expenses.
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As mentioned earlier, mortgage interest is an allowable expense against the rental income, so offsetting means you will end up paying more tax on the surplus rent after expenses.
Can you elaborate on this please?


I will give an example in the hope that it might identify any misunderstanding that I have:

Scenario 1: If I have a buy-to-let mortgage of 50,000 at a rate of 5% and an annual rental income of 6,000 then I have:


Interest: 5% x 50,000 = 2,500
Gross Profit: 6,000 - 2,500 = 3,500
Tax: 40% x 3,500 = 1,400
Net Profit: 3,500 - 1,400 = 2,100


Scenario 2: However, if I am able to offset 30,000 and effectively reduce the mortgage to 20,000 then I have:


Interest: 5% x 20,000 = 1,000
Gross Profit: 6,000 - 1,000 = 5,000
Tax: 40% x 5,000 = 2,000
Net Profit: 5,000 - 2,000 = 3,000


So, yes, I pay more tax, but only because I'm making more profit, which seems like a good thing. Am I missing something?


By the way, I realise that I could simply increase my deposit by 30,000 on a non-offset product, but I want to keep the money available for investing in other properties.


I also realise that in Scenario 1, the 30,000 could be invested in a bank account that pays interest, which would reduce the advantage of Scenario 2. However, the interest rate would be lower and I would have to pay 40% tax on that interest.
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No, you're missing nothing.

There are no offset BTL products though.
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There are no offset BTL products though.
Well actually the Clydesdale Bank offer one. I was just about to apply for it when the adviser explained that, rather than reducing the interest, your monthly payment stays the same, but any excess becomes a capital repayment, even with an interest-only mortgage.


I was very disappointed as this seems to negate the benefit of offsetting your savings until you have a need for the money, most likely to buy another property.
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That's not my definition of an offset mortgage. That's just a product which allows overpayments, which most products do anyway.
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