Rent Guarantee for Cardiff Property producing Negative Cash Flow

Rent Guarantee for Cardiff Property producing Negative Cash Flow

Are you a landlord or property investor with a lemon property investment in Cardiff or South Wales? Don’t worry you are not alone!

But first what’s a “lemon” property?

According to investopedia a “lemon” investment is a very disappointing investment. A lemon is an investment in which your expected return wasn’t even close to being achieved, and more than likely ended up losing you some or all of the capital committed. Lemon investments can be associated with poor money management, economic factors, financial fraud or just plain bad luck.

So from a property perspective a “lemon property” is a property that is either in negative equity and/or producing negative cash flow on a monthly or annual basis. As we said if you have a “lemon” property in Cardiff you are not alone, thanks to the over development of Cardiff Bay.

There are literally hundreds of landlords and property investors who bought a “lemon” off plan during the Cardiff Bay property development boom when developers were offering cash back incentives. Now thanks to the huge over supply on new build apartments many of the Cardiff property investors and landlords who bought off plan find themselves with substantial negative equity.

It’s not just homeowners, landlords and investors who purchased property in Cardiff Bay who maybe the proud owner of a “lemon”. As we have already said it is not just negative equity, but also negative cash flow that turns your property investment into a lemon!

Negative Cash Flow

It sounds simple but negative cash flow is when the rent received by a landlord or property investor is less than the total monthly outgoings of the property. Prior to 2007/2008 many property investors and landlords weren’t overly concerned if their “lemon” property was producing negative cash flow as they believed equity growth far outstripped the shortfall caused by negative cash flow, but how times have changed!

Causes of Negative Cash Flow

There are numerous reasons why a property may produce negative cash flow on a monthly or annual basis.

These include:

  • Leasehold management charges
  • Maintenance issues
  • Void periods
  • Rental arrears
  • Drop in Local Housing Allowance (LHA)
  • Benefit caps

Future causes of negative cash flow:

  • Interest rate rises
  • Moving from a fixed rate mortgage to a Standard Variable Rate (SVR)
  • Unable to switch to a better mortgage rate
  • Universal Credit (UC)

Don’t worry if you are a Cardiff home owner, landlord or property investor with a “lemon” as Rent Guarantee Cardiff have a number of solutions that can help immediately if you are in negative equity and/or producing negative cash flow.

For a no obligation consultation and to discuss how Rent Guarantee Cardiff can unburden the load of negative equity and stress of a property that produces negative cash flow, contact us today:

Bank of England has no intention of dampening UK property market

Bank of England has no intention of dampening UK property market

Some good news for landlords and property investors and those house holds trapped in negative equity, but not so good news for those looking to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder as The Bank of England has appeared to rule out intervention to cool the UK’s housing market and escalating signs of inflation nationwide, saying policy was ‘not the right tool’.

Speaking at the launch of the Bank of England’s Inflation Report, BoE governor Mark Carney said the Bank’s financial policy committee would monitor affordability and debt overhangs, however.

Despite annual house price growth breaking into double digits for the first time in four years this month, with the Nationwide index up 10.9%, the Inflation Report downplayed inflationary pressure.

‘Activity in the housing market picked up by less than expected at the time of the February Report,’ it said with mortgage approvals averaging 70,000 a month, 10,000 below forecast.

‘Approvals are likely to rise over the rest of the year but to a lower level than expected three months ago. A growing share of recent mortgage contracts has been attributable to borrowers with loan to value ratios above 90%, though this proportion remains below pre-crisis levels.

‘New lending at high loan to income ratios has surpassed pre-crisis levels, particularly for high-value properties, including those in London. With growth in the stock of lending remaining subdued, however, the debt to income ratio of households in aggregate has continued to edge lower.’

It added that the current historic low in interest rates mean that repayment requirements remained a relatively low percentage of household income.

The report toned down recent warnings by the BoE’s deputy governor for financial stability Jon Cunliffe who said it would be ‘dangerous to ignore’ the momentum of house prices.

That followed testimony by BoE officials Spencer Dale and Andrew Haldane to Parliament in which they cited the housing market as a source of risk for the UK economy.

If you are a landlord with investment property in Cardiff or South Wales and like to continue receiving the benefits of house price inflation but do not like the hassle of managing tenants then Rent Guarantee Cardiff may have the ideal solution.

Rent Guarantee Cardiff offer a no fee letting solution in Cardiff and across South Wales. Our unique guaranteed rental scheme offers landlords complete piece of mind as they received their rent on the same day each month with no void periods and none of the hassle associated with managing a tenancy and a buy to let property.

Rent Guarantee Cardiff are often able to offer up to 90% of the open market rent increasing rental income by at least 20% when using a traditional letting agent.

If you would like to find out more information about Rent Guarantee Cardiff no fee letting solution, please complete the short form below to receive a call from one of our team.

Guaranteed Rental Scheme Case Study: Helping with Negative Equity

Our guaranteed rental scheme has benefited a number of Cardiff & South Wales property owners with negative equity.

This case study highlights how a young Cardiff couple with help from our guaranteed rental scheme were able to move up the property ladder while keeping their existing property.

Background

We were contacted by a professional couple in 2011 that had a 2 bedroom house located in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff.  The property was in negative equity, but they had recently inherited money and had agreed the purchase on their forever home at a bargain price.

Their plan was simple, to purchase their dream home at what they perceived a bargain price while rent out their existing home which was in negative equity and wait for house prices to recover to release equity or dispose of the property.

The couple had no experience of being a landlord, finding tenants or property management experience, and coupled with the added financial burden of a second larger mortgage wanted the security of a guaranteed rental scheme, with no void periods or tenant hassle.

The couple had invited several local Cardiff lettings agents to provide a rental appraisal so had a clear understanding of the rental market and the rental income their property could achieve so were pleasantly surprised when we provided them with a competitive guaranteed rental income to be paid on the same day of each month, with no set up costs, tenant finder’s fees or management fees.

 Guaranteed Rental Scheme Process

As the Cardiff property in Pontcanna was on a residential mortgage we advised our client to obtain permission to let as well as advising them to obtain landlords insurance, a Gas Safety Certificate and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

Once all the required documentation was in place a commercial contract for our guaranteed rental scheme was signed by both parties, highlighting any circumstances which may result in a breach of contract by either party, the responsibilities of both parties as well as the amount of guaranteed rent and the date on which it will paid each month.

Once the coupled has a confirmed completion date on their house purchase a date was agreed for when our guaranteed rental scheme would commence.  In the mean time we actively marketed our client’s property on major internet portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla, conducted viewings and fully referenced suitable tenants including credit check, employment references and previous landlord’s references at no cost to our client.

Prior to our client handing over the keys to their house a detailed inventory was carried out including photographs with our client present, to ensure they were 100% happy with the condition of the property at the beginning of the Guaranteed Rental Scheme and also at the end of the process before the property was handed back to them with vacant possession.

The tenant selected was an anaesthetist working on a 2 years secondment at the University Hospital Wales and was provided with a 6 month Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) agreement, once again a detailed inventory was conducted, a deposit was taken and logged with The Deposit Protection Service (www.depositprotection.com) and Prescribed Information and Terms of Business of The DPS all served within the required 30 day period therefore insuring both our Guaranteed Rental Scheme and our landlord client is legally compliant.

If you would like to find out more about our Guaranteed Rental Scheme please complete the form below to receive a call from one of the team: