Our underwriting process is guided by our expertise rather than computer formulas and credit scores - ideal for specialist solutions like Holiday Let mortgages.
The criteria below is for standard Holiday Let Mortgages for up to 3 properties. If you are looking to mortgage more than 3 investment type properties (including Holiday Let, Buy-to-Let, HMO and/or Multi Unit Freehold), please look at our portfolio mortgage range.
When we receive your Holiday Let mortgage application, we will assess it against our underwriting criteria to help us decide whether we will lend to you.
Below we have listed some of the factors we consider when underwriting Holiday Let mortgages. We hope that this information will be helpful to you, as it should give you some indication of your eligibility.
Please note that the considerations listed below should be seen as helpful guidance rather than our complete criteria for Holiday Lets. This is not our full underwriting policy, additional underwriting criteria and assessment of a suitable property will apply.
If you're looking for a Holiday Let mortgage for yourself, the first step is to make an enquiry.
Once you've submitted your enquiry form, we'll be in touch to arrange an appointment that suits your schedule - our Mortgage Advisers are available for telephone or branch appointments, with evening and weekend appointments available.
Your Mortgage Adviser will then be able to answer any questions on a non-advised basis, and if you wish to proceed, they can provide you with information on the products available and assist with your application.
Our Holiday Let Mortgage Rates
If you are looking to mortgage more than 3 investment type properties (including Holiday Let, Buy-to-Let, HMO and/or Multi Unit Freehold), please look at our portfolio mortgage range.
All our mortgages move onto our Standard Variable Rate after the initial rate period. Our Standard Variable Rate is currently 5.24%. If our Standard Variable Rate changes, your monthly repayments could go up or down.
Holiday Let Mortgage FAQs
Holiday Let mortgages are loans designed for properties that will be let as holiday accommodation.
Not many lenders offer Holiday Let mortgages, as they are considered a specialist type of lending.
But that doesn't mean it has to be more difficult to get one!
At Monmouthshire Building Society we have years of experience in the Holiday Let market.
Your mortgage will be handled by Holiday Let mortgage experts, so the process should be just as straightforward as a standard Buy-to-Let mortgage.
Just like Buy-to-Let mortgages, Holiday Let mortgages are sold on a non-advised basis. This means you will not receive a recommendation from us on the suitability of your mortgage based on your individual needs and circumstances.
However our Mortgage Advisers will be happy to take you through our product range and explain our application process in detail.
This depends on several factors, such as:
Holiday Let Mortgage Calculator
If you know how much annual rental income a property is likely to make, you can use our Holiday Let Mortgage Calculator to find out how much we might lend towards that property.
This depends on the Loan to Value (LTV) of the mortgage.
Our Holiday Let mortgages are available up to 75% LTV – so you can take out a Holiday Let mortgage with as little as 25% deposit.
Are you trying to decide between investing in a holiday let property or a residential buy-to-let?
Or maybe you're just wondering what the differences are between the two?
While we can't give you any advice on which one's right for you, we can provide you some information which might help you decide for yourself.
Here are some differences between holiday let properties and residential buy-to-lets:
Holiday Lets could have the potential to give you a bigger return on investment.
For example, in high season holiday let properties can make more in one weekend than a similar buy-to-let property makes in a month!
Sounds great, but you also have to remember that:
Holiday Let rental income can be less reliable.
With buy-to-lets, tenants are provided with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.
This means you can expect regular rental income for at least 6 – 12 months each time you sign a new tenant.
With holiday lets, there’s a lot more uncertainty over whether your property will be booked, and they can take longer to get established to the point where you're bringing in regular income.
There are also seasonal fluctuations in income with holiday letting due to high and low season.
As with any investment type property, you will need to have enough rental income to cover the mortgage payments in all seasons - or you’ll be at risk of having your property repossessed.
There’s more work involved in Holiday Letting.
Holiday lets can be time consuming.
You’ll have to advertise your property, manage bookings, reply to enquiries and make sure your online listings are attractive and up to date.
This is a bigger commitment than residential buy-to-lets, which can go months or even years without needing to be listed.
There are more overheads with Holiday Letting.
As a landlord of a residential buy-to-let, property maintenance is your responsibility.
However, paying the bills, providing furniture and keeping the property clean is usually down to your tenants, unless you decide otherwise.
With holiday letting, it's all down to you.
As well as the costs of maintaining the property, you will also have to provide all the furnishings, pay the utility bills and make sure the property is clean for each guest.
Can you afford a Holiday Let or Buy-to-Let mortgage?
Remember that regardless of whether it's a holiday let or buy-to-let property you invest in, you will need to take into account how you would afford your mortgage if there’s a shortfall in rental income or if your outgoing costs increase. For example, interest rate increases or changes in maintenance costs could have a big effect on your outgoings.
The Society can assess the affordability of the mortgage based on expected income generated from letting the property, but the actual income may be different due to changes in the rental or holiday let market.
You will remain responsible for meeting the costs of your mortgage and additional costs of letting your property. With any investment type property you will need to have enough rental income to cover the mortgage payments or you’ll be at risk of having your property repossessed.
Choosing the right property can boost both your rental value potential and your chances of being accepted for a Holiday Let mortgage.
Here are some things to research and consider when choosing a holiday let property: