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tbmc is a specialist in the buy-to-let and commercial mortgage sector. We have a wealth of knowledge in meeting the needs of property investment clients, whether they are individuals, limited companies or limited liability partnerships.

Why use us?

To make things as easy and straightforward as possible for you, we provide the best back up support you need to maximise the opportunities in these specialist areas of the mortgage market.

You can expect

  • Access to our help desk, who can provide information on difficult to place mortgages, such as for those with large portfolios
  • A free dedicated buy-to-let mortgage sourcing system, which provides product information and a unique rental calculator
  • Exclusive products not available on the high street
  • Procuration fees paid across a wide variety of lenders

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Student life is good for buy-to-let - Nov 10, 2021

As a specialist buy-to-let broker, TBMC is dedicated to helping brokers and landlords find the best mortgage solutions across a wide range of different property and tenant types. So, it is important that we maintain a comprehensive knowledge about specialist subsectors of lending in the buy-to-let marketplace and understand the pros and cons of particular property investment choices.

Recently, Paragon Bank published an interesting report on student letting which highlighted some of the reasons this area of buy-to-let is popular with the UK’s landlord community.

Rental yields

One of the key benefits of renting to students is that rental yields can be higher than average, particularly when properties are let to multiple tenants generating more rental income. According to the Paragon report 79 per cent of landlords said that rental yields were a factor that made student lets appealing. It also showed that last year in Q3 2020, the overall mean rental yield was 6.6 per cent for a student property portfolio, compared with 5.6 per cent for a non-student portfolio.


University locations are clearly a hot spot for good rental yields and those with a single university and student population below 25,000 seem to fair best. The top yielding university location was Swansea with a rental yield of 9.56 per cent, followed by Hull (8.68 per cent) and Plymouth (8.41 per cent).

Landlords looking to invest in student lets can research different university locations to identify those where property is more affordable and demand is high, to increase their chances of a good return on investment.


Perhaps surprisingly and despite the financial potential, only 13 per cent of landlords currently let their properties to students which suggests that there could bean untapped opportunity for savvy property investors.

Although Covid-19 has had a short term impact on the demand for student accommodation with online learning and living at home being more commonplace during the pandemic, applications for university places increased in 2021. And as students return to campuses, landlords should be able to rely on a steady and predictable demand for student digs.

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Complex buy-to-let and the role of specialists - Oct 19, 2021

Given the increase in demand for ‘complex’ buy-to-let mortgages, TBMC is receiving higher levels of enquiries about HMOs, limited companies, multi-unit blocks, semi-commercial properties and large portfolios. These types of cases are, more often than not, placed with specialist buy-to-let lenders.

For intermediaries working in the buy-to-let sector, staying on top of all of the latest product updates and criteria changes is an ongoing challenge. This is especially true for ‘complex’ buy-to-let where the variation from lender to lender differs widely. For these types of cases, brokers may benefit from the help of a specialist buy-to-let broker such as TBMC.


Professional landlords looking for higher rental yields or to diversify their buy-to-let portfolios have often found success with semi-commercial properties. These properties usually comprise a commercial unit with residential unitsabove and are exempt from the 3% stamp duty surcharge for second homes.

However, to place these cases successfully there are some keys pieces of lending criteria that brokers should be aware of. For example:

  • Does the residential component make up over 50% of the building as some lenders require this?

  • Does the property have independent access to the flats from outside of the commercial unit?
  • Does the square footage of each individual flat meet the minimum size requirement?
  • Shops and offices are normally acceptable by lenders. Pubs, take-aways and launderettes are examples of properties that will be referred to the lender on a case-by-case basis.

Multi-unit blocks (MUBs)

Finance for multi-unit blocks is becoming more readily available with a wide choice of lenders and products in the marketplace. It can be more time consuming to place complex buy-to-let cases such as for MUBs and the lending criteria may be quite specific. For example:

·       Most lenders will require each unit to be individually saleable

·       Separate utilities - each unit must have its own gas, electric and water supply.

·       Separate entrances – each unit must have its own secure entrance, be that inside or outside

·       Separate facilities - each unit might be required to have its own living space, kitchen and bathroom.

·       Check the individual units' square footage - lenders will have a minimum each unit needs to meet. Exceptions for smaller units can be made where the majority of units meet criteria. TBMC has placed an MUB with one unit at 19 sqm before.

·       Your client will normally need letting experience when purchasing their first multi-unit block. Typical minimum criteria is 2 years' landlord experience.

Client referral service

The increasing complexity of the buy-to-let mortgage market means that cases can often take longer for intermediaries. For some it has become too time-consuming to seem worthwhile in comparison with other financial products that they arrange for clients.

For this reason TBMC now offers anew ‘client referral service’ for directly authorised and non-regulated brokers who receive buy-to-let enquiries, but for a variety of reasons would prefer not to be involved in placing the business.

Instead, they can refer the case to TBMC who will deal directly with the client and process the application from start to finish. This means the broker can still offer a service to landlords and will receive a share of the procuration fee on completion for referring the case.

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