In this two-minute read, we ask if it’s wise to buy a rental property in AREA with a buddy.
Purchasing a buy-to-let property with a friend is an appealing prospect – on paper, at least.
But it’s important to carefully weigh up the risks and rewards before taking the plunge.
Here’s a list of the pros and cons of becoming a landlord with a friend.
If you’re still keen to invest with a friend, here’s how to mitigate some of the risks.
Get a good lawyer
You need a legally binding agreement that states:
Get a will
In some cases of co-ownership, if one party dies, the property automatically goes to the other person unless otherwise stated in a will.
Don’t feel pressured
If your friend thinks a formal agreement is unnecessary – they may see it as a sign that you don’t trust them – politely, but firmly, pull out of the deal.
Without the right paperwork in place, you risk getting caught up in a protracted and messy dispute later on.
Going ahead based on a wink and a handshake could cost you the friendship and much more if things don’t turn out according to plan.
For more advice on investing in the buy-to-let market, contact us here at IMS Property Solutions.
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