How To Protect Your Thanet Rental Properties During A Recession
07/11/2022 1611



In this quick read, we look at why landlords aren’t always immune to recessions and ways you can protect your rental portfolio.

Check your mortgage

Is your mortgage term about to expire? How long do you have left? If you’re lucky enough to be at the start of a low interest fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgage, you can breathe a sigh of relief. If not, it’s time to contact a broker and find yourself the least painful deal. A sure-fire way to lose out is to ignore your mortgage and be forced to renew when rates are at their highest.

Insure against rental loss

Hopefully, you’ve already got comprehensive landlord insurance which provides rent protection, but if you don’t, a recession is the right time to get it. Rent protection insurance will pay out in the event your tenant fails to pay – protecting your income and, more importantly, covering your monthly mortgage payments.

Work with a letting agent

As rental demand surges, you’ll need a good agent to manage the viewings and reference checks that help secure the best tenants for your rental property. Agents take on the finer details of a tenancy agreement and can offer advice during the letting process. Use their experience to bag yourself reliable tenants.

Don’t get greedy

While you may be contemplating a rent rise to cover increased costs, remember that setting your rent too high could increase the risk of a tenant defaulting or a tenancy ending abruptly due to financial pressures. Take a cautious approach to annual rent rises; it’ll pay off in the long run.

Be reasonable

If a tenant fails to pay their rent on time, find out why. What’s the problem? If they’re a long-term and previously reliable renter, can you respond in a calm and measured way? Eviction is not an easy route to take. Speak to your agent to see what advice they offer and how they would deal with the matter.

If you’re a landlord and need a reliable letting agent, contact Cooke & Coi Estate and Letting Agents so we can find you the right tenants.

 

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