Becoming a private landlord should not be seen as an easy way of making money; it can be riskier and more complicated and there is no guarantee that house prices will rise. That said, having a second property to let to tenants could reap considerable financial rewards over time.
When buying a second property to let, you will need to decide whether your primary objective is income or capital growth. In other words, are you looking to make a profit month on month or are you looking to make a profit through increased value over time? The decision may affect the type of property you purchase, and the location.
When you manage a property there are many costs involved in addition to the monthly mortgage repayments. As a guide, you should be aiming to achieve a gross rent of about 135% of the rental property's interest only mortgage repayments in order to cover your costs should anything go wrong.
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