Selling With Sitting Tenants?


selling with sitting tenants

Selling With Sitting Tenants

If you are a landlord with a sitting tenant you will be well aware of the problems that can arise from time to time. Many landlords do not have any dealing with their tenants as this is done via the rent service that is nearly always the first point of contact. Many of the tenants are unwilling to allow viewings on the property which can sometimes make the property difficult to sell. Most of the tenant have been in residence for many years and quite rightly have the right to refuse entry to anybody.

Therefore when a sale takes place on a protected tenancy the buyer will generally have to purchase the property without actually viewing the property internally. This can sometimes cause a problem if the house or flats is not a run of the mill property which means the buyer will have to take a view on the deal. Of course a discount will apply for these types of investments as the tenant has the right to stay in the property until they die or decide to move out. Very few tenants move out because they have a good tenancy and will never get another tenancy on such favorable terms.

Long Term View Taken On Protected Tenancies

You may be wondering why an investor would want to buy a protected tenancy and the answer is quite simple. Eventually the property is going to become vacant which is when it can be sold hopefully for a profit. Providing house prices increase the landlord will sell the house when it becomes vacant. From a landlord’s point of view you need to have capital to invest in these investments because they are unmortgageable in the current climate. So if a protected tenancy is sold for £250,000, it must be bought with cash as no bank will lend against it. Therefore you have to leave the cash in the property until it becomes vacant which could be twenty years or more from now.

Of course you might get lucky and the house may become empty 12 months after you have purchased it but this is definitely the exception rather than the rule. These properties are  acquired for the long-term and you should not expect the house to become vacant in the near future. The tenant has security of tenure which means that they can stay in their home until they die. You are not able to increase the rent of your own accord as this will be done by the rent office or the rent assessment panel that deals with most aspects of the tenancy. You will be entitled to a rent increase every two years. The increase will be linked to the retail prices index and normally takes a couple of weeks to be implemented.

These types of tenancies are not for everyone as they do require a little specialist knowledge and considerable cash reserves. We have been buying these houses and flats with sitting tenants across Britain and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your tenancy with you. Please call our offices for an informal chat.

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