Buy to let Mortgages allow the borrower a first charge loan using an investment residential property as security.
The buy to let mortgage is set-up so that the property is tenanted out and the mortgage payments are covered by the rent generated by the tenant within the security.
A HMO Mortgage is a conventional buy to let mortgage taken over a security that has multiple tenants. It is referred to as a House of Multiple Occupancy i.e. shared bathing and kitchen facilities. A Holiday Let mortgage is a conventional buy to let mortgage on a security that has long-term tenancy restrictions.
A portfolio mortgage straddles the border between buy to let lending and commercial mortgages as a loan over multiple properties. In a buy to let form this will take individual loan charges against each property whereas in commercial form a single loan facility can stretch over multiple properties. The former tends to be interest only, the latter amortizing.
The two main forms of buy to let products are:
Interest only products
These are generally arranged for between 15 – 40 years although almost none of them will be taken to term. Once a product’s initial 1-5 year ‘special rate’ expires the borrower will generally refinance onto a better deal with another incentive rate or period.