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Navigating the Process of Selling Tenanted Properties: What You Need to Know
Navigating the Process of Selling Tenanted Properties: What You Need to Know If you own a rental property, there may come a time when you decide to sell the property. But what happens if you have a tenant in place? Selling a tenanted home requires a bit of extra planning and communication to ensure a smooth process for everyone involved. In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of selling a tenanted property, legal considerations, how to communicate with your tenant, and why appointing a trusted agency for this process helps. Selling a Tenanted Flat or House: What It Means First, let’s define what we mean by a tenanted property. This is a property that you own and rent out to a tenant currently. If you decide to sell the property, the tenant is still under a rental agreement and has the right to remain in the property until the end of the lease term. As the landlord, you have the right to sell the property, but you must follow certain legal requirements and communicate with your tenant throughout the process. Pros and Cons of Selling a Home With Renters There are both pros and cons to selling a home with tenants. On the one hand, having a tenant in place means you have rental income coming in until the property sells. This can be helpful if you’re in a financial pinch or are looking to sell promptly. On the other hand, having a tenant in place can also make it more difficult to show the property to potential buyers and make necessary repairs. Legal Considerations When Selling a Tenanted Flat When selling a flat with tenants, there are legal considerations you must keep in mind. First and foremost, you must honour the terms of the lease agreement. This means you cannot end the lease early just because you want to sell the property. Communicating with Your Tenant: What You Need to Know Clear communication is key when selling with tenants. You must be transparent with your tenant about your plans to sell the property and what it means for them. Start by giving them proper notice before showing the property to potential buyers. This will give them time to prepare and make alternative living arrangements if necessary. Finding the Right Buyer for Your Tenanted Home When selling a tenanted flat or house, it’s important to find the right buyer. You want someone who is willing to honour the terms of the lease agreement and work with your tenant throughout the selling process. Consider working with an estate agent like Cairn who have relevant industry experience in the sector. Cairn can help you find buyers who are willing to work with your tenant and ensure a smooth transition. Completing the Sale: What Happens to the Tenant? Once the sale is complete, the new owner must honour the terms of the lease agreement. This means the tenant has the right to remain in the property until the end of the lease term. The new owner may choose to renew the lease or use the property for something else once the rental agreement expires. Selling a Tenanted Property – Final Thoughts Selling a tenanted home requires extra planning and communication, but it’s certainly possible to do so successfully with the right agency. If you’re considering selling a tenanted flat, get in touch with Cairn’s dedicated team of property professionals to learn more. Explore more key information on our tenanted properties page here. Cairn also specialise in selling tenanted flats, if you would like to discuss investment opportunities, please do get in touch with our investment team here.
Tenanted Properties, Buy To Let, Hints & Tips, Landlords, Property Investment
5 Big Advantages of Buying Tenanted Flats
5 Big Advantages of Buying Tenanted Flats Here, we explain the benefits of buying tenanted flats and how Cairn can help. Interested in property investment? Imagine you could skip the marketing, viewings, and tenant vetting and get straight to the monthly rental income. With tenanted flats, you can. Put simply, these are flats with tenants already in place. And there are several benefits to going down this route. In this short post, we share the 5 biggest advantages of buying a tenanted flat. Related: Selling a Property with a Tenant in Situ – What to Know What Are the Benefits of Buying Tenanted Flats? 1. Tenanted flats are fixed-price investments One of the best things about buying a tenanted flat is that they’re often marketed at a fixed price. This means if you meet this price with your offer, you’re more than likely to seal the deal. Fixed price properties are typically sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and you’ll rarely get involved in a costly bidding war. This can be particularly attractive if you have a set budget and you don’t want to stretch beyond it. 2. You get cash flow from the word go Another huge benefit of buying a tenanted flat is that you get immediate cash flow. The property won’t be sitting empty after you buy it, and you won’t need to spend time and money searching for new tenants. It’s regular and reliable rental income from day one. And the added bonus of having tenants in situ is that they’re less likely to request expensive improvements, repairs, or refurbishments (as the previous landlord will need to deal with them before selling). 3. You get tenants with a track record Finding the right tenants for a vacant property can take time. You’ll want to make sure they have the means and character to make their rental payments on time each month. And sometimes, you won’t know they will until they’re in place. With tenanted flats, you’ll have all this information available before buying. You can check their payment history and ask the current landlord for a character reference. 4. You’ll have complete confidence in compliance Another major consideration when buying-to-let is the responsibilities you’ll have as a landlord. This extends to ensuring safety checks are carried out regularly and mandatory safety certificates (for fire, gas, and electricity) are in place. When you buy a tenanted flat, all of this documentation will already be arranged. It’s simply transferred to you, so you’ll know when the next checks are due. And if you stick with the existing letting agent, they can organise them on your behalf, giving you complete peace of mind that the property will remain compliant. Read more: Landlord Legislation & Responsibilities 5. You know it’s been sourced (and checked) by a reputable letting agency Buying any rental property comes with risk, but that risk can be reduced when you buy with tenants already in place. A reputable local letting agent can conduct an in-depth audit of the property to ensure it’s a sound financial investment — and with the advantages described above, you’ll be in a solid position to start recouping money on your purchase from the outset. At Cairn, we’ve helped many buy-to-let investors source and purchase tenanted flats. Our team can offer expert advice and guidance to new and experienced investors. Interested in Buying Tenanted Flats? Let’s Talk As you’ve discovered, buying tenanted flats offers plenty of advantages. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Cairn today to discuss the investment opportunities available to you.
Tenanted Properties, Buy To Let, Hints & Tips, Landlords, Selling
Selling a Property with a Tenant in Situ – What to Know
Selling a Property with a Tenant in Situ – What to Know Thinking of selling a property with a tenant in situ? You’ve come to the right place. Here we explain everything you need to know — and share why help is at hand from Cairn. If you’re a landlord thinking of selling your rental property, should you wait until the place is empty, or can you sell with sitting tenants? It’s a question we’re often asked, and so we’re here with an answer: there are pros and cons to both scenarios. Let’s explore them in a little more detail. What are the benefits of selling your rental property when it’s empty? The clear benefit of selling your rental property when it’s vacant (also known as “vacant possession”) is that you have a wider range of options. Rather than selling to another buy-to-let landlord, you could sell the property to a private buyer who wishes to live in it themselves. And before you get to the sale, having the property empty (and clean) will make viewings a lot more straightforward. You won’t have to worry about keeping tenants in the loop, and you’ll know the place is presentable when prospective buyers come looking. What about the drawbacks of selling a rental property when it’s vacant? The main downside to this scenario is that you won’t be drawing any rental income while the property is on the market — so you’ll need to make sure you can cover the mortgage and other expenses from your own pocket. Read more: Top Tips for Selling with Glasgow West End Estate Agents So, what about selling a property with a tenant in situ? When you sell a property with sitting tenants, it means the tenants continue to live in the property after the sale is complete. You simply transfer the tenancy agreement and deposit to the new owner. Everything else remains the same for the tenants, and the new owner has rental income from day one. This might seem like a no-brainer for all involved, but there are a few potential downsides to this approach: Selling with sitting tenants narrows your market to only other buy-to-let investors; Your tenants might become spooked by the change and move out, leaving you with an empty property and extra expenses; It could increase the amount of time it takes to sell the property if the rental market is slow; And you’ll need to convince the prospective buyer that your tenants are responsible and reliable before they agree to takeover the tenancy agreement. The good news is that all of these issues can be overcome if you work with an estate agent experienced in selling tenanted flats. How to sell a property with sitting tenants When selling a property with a tenant in situ, you need to keep everyone informed on both sides of the transaction. Firstly, your tenants need to be reassured that nothing will change on their end. The tenancy agreement they signed with you remains valid, and their rent won’t change while that’s the case. Meanwhile, you need to provide references, credit checks, and other evidence to the prospective buyer to demonstrate that your tenants are reliable and trustworthy, and have been paying their rent on time. When it comes to the actual sales process, it’s largely similar to selling any other property type. You (or your estate agent) would inform your tenants of your plan to sell, put the property on the market (highlighting that it comes with tenants in situ), and begin arranging viewings. And when you receive an acceptable offer, you’ll need a conveyancing solicitor to handle the legalities of transferring the tenancy agreement and deposit to the new owner. Again, working with an expert estate agent (like Cairn) can help iron out these details. Selling a property with a tenant in situ? Work with Cairn One of our main areas of expertise is selling tenanted properties for our clients. And in the majority of cases, our tenanted properties are sold off-market to our investment database. This ensures lower volumes of viewings and minimal disruption to your current tenants, while you continue to collect rental income up until the point of sale. Want to learn more about our services? Contact us today.
Tenanted Properties, Hints & Tips, Investment
5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Tenanted Properties
5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Tenanted Properties Interested in buying tenanted properties? You’re not alone! A growing number of buy-to-let investors are snapping up properties with tenants in place, attracted by higher net yields and the promise of reliable tenants who’ve shown they can pay on time. So, whether you’re buying to let for the first time or you’re looking to add to your portfolio, here’s why purchasing a tenanted property can be a fantastic investment. Reasons to Buy Tenanted Properties 1. You get an immediate cash flow For many investors, the most significant benefit of buying tenanted flats is that they provide an immediate cash flow. The property won’t sit empty while you look for new tenants. You get rental income from day one. Established tenants are also less likely to request expensive improvements to the property since the previous landlord often deals with them before selling. However, if major repairs or refurbishments are required, you can factor these into your negotiation. These factors mean a property’s net yield is usually higher than with vacant buy-to-let investments. 2. Tenanted properties are a fixed price investment In most cases, estate agents will market tenanted properties at a fixed price. Fixed price properties rarely achieve more than this value, which means you can have a high degree of confidence that it’s the maximum price you’ll need to pay. This can reduce the stress involved in the purchase — you don’t need to worry about a property going to a closing date. 3. You can check the tenant’s history When you buy a property with sitting tenants, you can check their history to make sure they’ve been paying their rent on time and in full. Dealing with non-payment of rent can be one of the most time-consuming and stressful situations for landlords. In some cases, it can mean you fail to meet your monthly buy-to-let mortgage payments or even falls into arrears. Knowing that the tenants are honest and reliable before you invest can help you avoid a lot of unnecessary hassle in the long run. 4. You have confidence it’s a fully compliant property Since your tenants already live in the property, you won’t need to arrange all the mandatory certificates and safety checks. The previous landlord will have already carried these out. When you buy the property, the necessary documentation will simply be transferred to you so you know when the next checks are due. What’s more, if you choose to stay with the existing letting agent, they can arrange them on your behalf to ensure the property remains compliant. 5. It’s audited and sourced by a letting agency A knowledgeable, local letting agent will be able to carry out an in-depth audit on the tenanted property to ensure that it’s a sound financial investment. Here at Cairn, we’ve sourced many quality buy-to-let properties with sitting tenants. Our team can offer expert advice and guidance to both new and experienced investors. Interested in Buying Tenanted Properties? Let’s Talk There are plenty of reasons why buying tenanted properties makes sense. If you’re interested in learning more, contact us today to discuss the investment opportunities available to you.
Tenanted Properties, Buy To Let, Investment
Buying A Tenanted Property
Thinking of buying a tenanted property? Worried how much it’s going to cost you? In short, buying a tenanted property maximises cashflow and reduces capital expenditure. When you buy an empty buy to let property you do have to factor into account your additional costs, property fit out, licenses, certificates, agency fees, […]
Tenanted Properties, Buy To Let, Investment, Landlords
Pros and Cons of Buying Tenanted Properties
The UK is experiencing an upsurge in the sale and purchase of tenanted properties but is the trend just a fad or a viable option for property investors? A tenanted property is one sold with tenants currently living there. The removal of tax relief for buy to let finance costs has led some landlords to […]