How To remortgage A Buy To Let Property

15-March-2024 15:14
in Mortgage
by Sam Hodgson
How to remortgage a buy to let property

You may be considering if the time is right to remortgage your buy to let property. You could find a better deal or release some equity for further property investment.  Here we explore why you might want to remortgage a buy-to-let property (BTL), what considerations you need to make, and how a remortgage broker can provide indispensable help in securing the best buy to let remortgage rates.

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Can you remortgage a buy to let property?

Yes, you can remortgage your buy to let property whether you want to get better rates, raise capital to grow your property portfolio, or remortgage to move back into a property you once rented out.

Getting the best buy to let remortgage deal, however, comes down to your situation. Mortgage lenders for buy-to-let properties will consider a number of factors, which we will discuss later, but most importantly, they will want to know why you are looking to remortgage.

Why remortgage a buy to let?

When remortgaging a buy-to-let property, your reasons for remortgaging can affect what lenders and deals you qualify for. We'll look at eligibility criteria, and how the purpose of your remortgage can affect the products you'll be able to access further on.

Remortgage when your current BTL deal is ending

If you're current buy to let mortgage deal is within 6 months of ending, this is an excellent time to start looking at remortgaging to avoid being switched onto your lender's standard variable rate (SVR).

Remortgage to get better BTL rates

You may also want to remortgage to take advantage of better buy to let remortgage rates available on the market.

It's always a good idea to review the market and consider your remortgaging options when your current fixed rate or tracker mortgage is close to ending. Often the best lenders and deals are only accessible through a specialist broker.

March 2024 Buy to Let Market Update

  • Before 2023, the stress rate was around 4%, and landlords could borrow significantly more. For instance, about a year ago, a basic rate taxpayer could borrow around £309k for a property based on the average UK rent of circa £1,300.

  • At 75% Loan to Value, that could buy roughly a £400k property, which you would expect to comfortably provide £1,300 in rental income. So it made sense, and the maths added up.

  • The BTL market faced challenges in 2023, with landlords finding it difficult to borrow due to stringent stress testing measures. However, stress testing has eased up in recent months, and there is growing confidence in the buy-to-let market in 2024.

What is Stress Testing in BTL Mortgages?

Stress testing is a method used by lenders to assess a landlord’s ability to cover mortgage payments under adverse conditions, ensuring that rental income is sufficient even in less favourable scenarios.

The specific rates mentioned (from 4% to 10.5%) refer to the hypothetical adverse conditions under which the stress tests are conducted. Higher stress rates make it harder to pass the test, thus reducing borrowing capacity.

Did You Know? 

Generally, 5-year fixes are typically the cheapest deals available for buy-to-let mortgages. The Prudential Regulation Authority allows mortgage providers to apply a lower stress test if the mortgage term is over five years.

Because of this, you may find a rare 2-year fix or tracker mortgage that seems more suitable, but in most cases, a five-year fix will work out as a more affordable option, purely because of the more lenient stress testing criteria applicable. 

What Do the Experts Say?

Alex Morris, Private Client Adviser

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Case Study, Buy to let remortgage with low rates, Clifton Private Finance

Change my buy to let mortgage to residential

If you want to move into a property you once rented out, you will need to remortgage to convert your buy to let mortgage into a residential mortgage.

A residential mortgage can be obtained by speaking with your current lender to see if they can switch you onto a residential product, or you could take the opportunity to search the market for a better deal via a remortgage.

In most cases, even if you stick with your current buy to let lender, to switch to a residential mortgage, there will be fees involved. 

Remortgaging a buy to let to release equity

It is possible to release the equity you've built up in your buy-to-let property over the years. However, remember that what you intend to do with this capital may affect how easy it is to find a willing lender and how much you can borrow.

Here are some common scenarios for remortgaging to unlock capital in a buy-to-let property and how lenders may view your application.

Release equity to grow your BTL portfolio

Landlords often look to remortgage a buy to let (BTL) property to release equity for a deposit or part purchase of another BTL property. Be aware, however, that various lender rules may affect your ability to remortgage a current BTL property to grow your property portfolio.

To limit risk, many lenders restrict the number of properties they will allow you to have in a BTL portfolio. On top of this, as with any BTL mortgage, they will want to apply the BTL stress test when calculating your ability to make repayments. The stress income cover ratio (SICR) is the calculation lenders use to determine your affordability, comparing the amount you want to borrow with the rental income you'll receive and the interest you will have to pay on your loan.

Your tax status will also affect your ability to pass the BTL stress test. If you're a higher rate taxpayer, you'll have to have more rental income than a lower ratepayer to prove affordability. 

It can all get a bit complicated, so speaking to a specialist BTL remortgage broker can be the best way forward to assess your options and be matched with the lender most likely to approve your remortgage application.

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Case Study: Top Sliced BTL remortgage. Clifton Private Finance

Release equity to fund BTL property repairs or improvements

Remortgaging your buy to let can be an excellent way to release equity for funding much-needed repairs or property upgrades. As this investment could lead to increased property value and rental yields, many lenders are more than willing to allow you to remortgage to make these improvements possible. 

Release equity from your BTL to consolidate debt

It is possible to remortgage your buy to let property to consolidate your debts into one, more manageable amount and reduce your monthly outgoings.

You will likely need to find a specialist lender to enable you to do this, but there are options as long as you can prove affordability.

Please speak to one of our specialist remortgage advisors for expert advice on remortgaging to consolidate debt.

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Eligibility criteria for buy to let remortgages

You can expect lenders to evaluate your buy-to-let property remortgage application in the same way as your first mortgage application. Whatever your reason for remortgaging, and even if you stick with your current lender, you will have more chance of being approved if you can meet the following criteria.

Deposit and Loan to Value requirements

Typically, buy-to-let mortgages require a larger deposit than residential mortgages. The typical maximum loan to value (LTV) ratio for a buy-to-let mortgage is 75%. However, it is possible to access specialist lenders offering higher LTV under the right circumstances, like if you have a large BTL portfolio in the background, but it's a case-by-case basis. 

The lower your LTV, the more likely you are to get the best BTL remortgage rates.

Income and Affordability

Remortgaging shouldn't be an issue if your circumstances haven't changed since first taking out your buy to let mortgage - especially if you are going through your current lender. However, if there have been changes in your situation or you're applying for a remortgage through a new lender, you will need to pass strict income and affordability checks.

Lenders typically require rental income to cover a BTL mortgage by 125-145%. Remember that not all lenders are the same and have different criteria for assessing how much they can lend on a buy to let mortgage.

Read the complete guide here for more information on passing the BTL stress test.

The success of your rental property to date

If you can demonstrate reliable rental income to date, lenders will be more likely to accept your remortgage application. It is also important to consider what type of tenant you can attract to ensure you are eligible for the best rates - certain lenders consider sitting tenants or students as less desirable.

The current market value of your property

Ensure you have a realistic view of the value of your buy to let property. If it has gone up in value, this will stand you in good stead, but don't rely on guesswork. 

Credit History

If you need to refinance your BTL property and your credit profile has deteriorated over the past few years, it's still possible to find remortgage deals but you should expect to pay higher rates.

Bad credit remortgages can be more challenging to secure, but with the help of a specialist broker, you can still find the BTL remortgage finance you need.

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Specfialist Buy to let remortgage service, Clifton Private FinanceCan I remortgage a Buy to let when I live abroad?

Yes, you can remortgage your BTL property when you're living overseas. A BTL mortgage is harder to obtain if you are a UK expat since lenders consider you a higher risk. It may not be easy to prove your employment status, and foreign income is often not accepted as proof of earnings. Still, a growing number of specialist lenders are now accessible through broker intermediaries.

If you've recently moved abroad or are finding it hard to access the best remortgage rates for your BTL property in the UK, speak to one of our experts for BTL mortgages today. 

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Case Study, buy to let remortgage for UK expat based in Japan

How to get the best buy to let remortgage rates

At Clifton Private Finance, we offer creative solutions for landlords who wish to purchase or remortgage buy to let properties.
Our buy to let mortgage service provides:

Buy To Let

Up to £750k

5.4% APR

2 Year Tracker (Remortgage)

Subsequent rate 5.55%

LTV - 75%

APRC 8.9%*

Product fee 3% 

Free Valuation

Early redemption charges

As at 11th January 2024

Buy To Let

Up to £1m

4.51% APR

5 Year Fixed (Purchase)

Subsequent rate 9.59%

LTV - 65%

APRC 8.1%*

Product Fee £3,999

£300 Cashback

Early redemption charges

As at 11th January 2024

Buy & Refurb

1 to 12 Months

0.55% pm

1 to 12 months

Purchase & refurb

LTV - 60%

Buying & Renovating


Auction Purchase

As at 11th January 2024

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Remortgage buy to let property with Clifton Private Finance

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Our remortgage brokers offer whole of market access to match you with the right lender for your needs. We have provided professional advice, guidance and support to thousands of clients seeking to remortgage a buy to let property, no matter how complex. 

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