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What is Buy-to-Let?

Buy-to-let enables you to buy a property and turn it into a source of income. By purchasing a ‘buy-to-let’ mortgage, you agree with the bank that you will not live in the house yourself, and will instead rent it out.

In the city of London, buy-to-let is an extremely popular option for people keen to develop their property portfolio and make a sizeable profit. Tens of thousands of people move into London every year, so there is a large market of people keen to find rented accommodation throughout the city.

Many buy-to-let mortgages are interest-only, which means that you don’t have to pay back the full mortgage – only the interest on the loan. However, you must eventually remortgage, sell the property or pay off the loan in full at the end.

Selling a Buy-to-Let property in London

Selling your buy-to-let property in London is not always easy.

While there were over 70,000 property sales in the capital last year, finding a buyer becomes significantly more difficult when tenants still live in the house.

The offer you can expect to receive for your London property will also vary greatly depending on where it is in the city. For example, in Beckenham the average property price is £568,070, while in Kentish Town it is £906,519.

You should also remember that tenanted properties tend to go for much lower than the ‘typical’ market value – meaning that if you still have tenants living in-situ, you will typically receive at least 15% lower than usual.


London’s current Buy-to-Let market

For homeowners in the capital city, there are certain areas that are noticeably more profitable for owning buy-to-let property. Homerton, in Hackney, for example, has an average yield of 5.4% and a five-year property price growth of 20%. This demonstrates that investing in a buy-to-let is a smart decision in this specific neighbourhood.

Other areas of London with a rental yield higher than 5.3% includes East Ham, Thamesmead, Upton Park, Abbey Wood and Upper Edmonton.

In general, figures have suggested that the most profitable part of London to invest in buy-to-let is E9 (in the east of the city).

Almost every highly profitable area is in the east or south-east of London. Meanwhile, West London (particularly Kensington, Chelsea and surrounding areas) appears to be the most difficult to make a consistent profit.

According to data from the Greater London Authority, there are approximately 2.7 million private renters in London.

This is almost the same amount of people that own a house with a mortgage in the city – meaning that the rental market is just as large as the homeowning market.

Why might someone want to sell a tenanted property in London?

You might want to sell your tenanted house in London for a range of reasons. If you are relocating far away from the city, and no longer want the hassle of owning a house far away, then selling immediately might be your only choice.

If your tenanted property is owned jointly with an ex-partner, who you are now divorcing from, then you may want to sell quickly and make a ‘clean break’.

Other reasons to sell your tenanted house in London include avoiding repossession, paying

off any debts, preventing a chain from breaking down, or selling a probate property that you don’t want to look after.

There may be local conditions that force you to sell your tenanted property, too.

For example, house prices in Kensington have reduced by up to 11% in the past year, so any buy-to-let landlords in the area might want to cut their losses and offload as quickly as possible.

How much does it cost to sell a tenanted property with Sold?

When you sell your tenanted house in London to, your costs can be kept to zero.

We purchase your property for cash, meaning that we don’t take a commission on the sale. You will have your legal fees covered by us, too, which means that 100% of the final sale price goes directly into your pocket.

There are no hidden costs, as we are committed to complete transparency with all our customers.

Regardless of where you live in London – from Hoxton to Balham, Mile End to Greenford and everywhere in between – you can contact us today for a free valuation of your house.

Frequently Asked Questions About Selling A Tenanted Property in London

Where does Sold buy tenanted houses in London?

  • Westminster
  • Stratford
  • Tottenham
  • Finchley
  • Brixton
  • Bromley
  • Ealing
  • Harrow
  • Wembley
  • Barking
  • Everywhere in between!

Does a sitting tenant devalue a property?

Yes, a sitting tenant makes a property in London far less valuable. Some estimates have suggested that your house will experience a value reduction of 20% if there is still a tenant living in-situ. The effect on your property’s value can be even higher, depending on the length of the tenancy agreement in place, your relationship with the renters, and how badly they behave while living in your house.

Your sitting tenant may also devalue your property if they have caused structural or visual damage to the house. While it is normal to experience ‘wear and tear’ over the years, if your renter has poked a hole in the ceiling, or has a long track record of breaking appliances, then this will reduce how much a potential investor will pay, too.

You should think carefully before selling your tenanted London house on the open market.

Alternatively, if you want a quick, stress-free and convenient solution, then selling to for cash can be a great option. Get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation valuation.

Is it difficult to sell a property with tenants?

Yes, it is generally more difficult to sell your London property with tenants living in-situ. Most investors consider it more of a risk, and therefore will reduce the amount they offer.

On the other hand, if your tenants are well-behaved and pay on time, some new owners will see them as an asset – especially if the tenancy agreement is not too long or restrictive.

Who buys houses with sitting tenants in London?

Property investors are the most common type of buyer for a tenanted house in London. Not only is the capital city generally considered an excellent place to invest in property, but if the buyer is willing to wait a few years for the tenancy agreement to expire, they could get a ‘bargain’ in the meantime by buying your house at 20% (or more) lower than its usual value.

Over time, if the tenancy agreement is not too restrictive, London tenanted houses can sometimes represent a great investment.

Cash house buyers like can also buy your property for cash, and can complete within 7 days of your initial enquiry.

What are the pros & cons of selling tenanted property in London?


  • The new owner gets an instant source of income
  • Keep receiving payments up until completion day
  • You can give first refusal to your tenants, potentially speeding up your search for a buyer
  • Complete the sale within 7 days by using


  • The value of your house will be reduced
  • Finding a buyer on the ‘open market’ will be difficult
  • More paperwork is often involved
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