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Have you always dreamed of owning a holiday let in North Wales? A holiday let mortgage can be one of the ways you help you realise that lifelong dream.  

Our handy guide will give an insight into a holiday home mortgage and how it can work for you. Here are some of the most common questions in relation to holiday let mortgages: – 

What Is A Holiday Let Mortgage and Do I Need One?

Where Can I Find a Holiday Let Mortgage?

What Are the Tax Benefits of a Specialist Mortgage? 

What Are the Next Steps? 

What Is a Holiday Let Mortgage and Do I Need One? 

If you are looking to purchase a second home and use it as a business (Furnished Holiday Let) and require a mortgage to finance it, then you will need a specialist mortgage. A traditional residential or buy to let mortgage will not allow you to let out your second home, holiday letting with any of these mortgages can be classed as fraudulent.  

Holiday let mortgages are different from traditional buy to let mortgages, holiday let mortgages are intended for properties which are let out multiple times across a year whereas a buy to let mortgage is intended for properties dealing with long term lets. 

Don’t forget when buying an additional property you’ll need to consider the land transaction tax (stamp duty) & additional premiums. These will need to be considered in your financial calculations.

Where Can I Find a Holiday Let Mortgage? 

There are a number of different providers that can offer a holiday let mortgage. Some of the more well-known ones are Leeds Building Society and Principality. There are also dozens of other small lenders who offer holiday let mortgages.  

Different lenders will have varying requirements when it comes to deposits required, lenders vary from 25-40%. Lenders will also require you to provide evidence of your income as well as the potential income from the property, this will show them whether the property is affordable. In terms of the potential income from the property, we can help with this. We can provide a mortgage letter outlining how many days we believe the property could be let out for and how much income this can achieve. 

With their being a limited number of lenders offering a variety of holiday let mortgages, it may be more efficient to use a mortgage broker A broker will be able to find you the best deals for your requirements, they also may be able to access deals which are not on the market. They will also be able to take the pressure off by doing the majority of the paperwork and dealing with the provider for you. 

What Are the Tax Benefits of a Specialist Mortgage? 

If you do go ahead with a holiday let, you can claim certain elements of tax relief. To register as an FHL (Furnished Holiday Let) you must meet the following 

  • Available to let for short periods that total 140 days or more per year 
  • Actually, let for 70 days 

The valuation office will determine the rateable value of your property based on a number of factors such as type, size, location, quality and projected income.  

All this means that you may be eligible for tax relief on your mortgage repayments as well as being able to qualify for small business rates relief.  

For more information on Furnished Holiday Let (FHL) taxation and how to qualify as an FHL, click here

What Are the Next Steps? 

Whether you have just had an offer accepted on a property, are in the middle of a purchase or even completed a purchase, the next step is to decide how you are going to let out the property. 

Many people choose to let with an agent, such as Menai Holiday Cottages. There are many advantages to using an agent as opposed to doing it yourself, however, the majority of people do tend to favour a letting agent. Our 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Holiday Letting Agency blog outlines some of the things you need to consider when choosing the right agent for you.

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