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  • Buy-to-Let

    Houses vs. flats for investment?



    This is a very common question that crops up on Property Tribes on a regular basis. 

    Of course, there are pros and cons for both houses and flats and, when deciding what property type to invest in, its important to do due diligence in your local area, as it will greatly depend on levels of stock and tenant demand.

    Local estates and lettings agents are a good source of intel in this regards, as are the property portals where you can search on houses and flats to see how many are for rent in the area.

    I caught up with renown property developer, John Howard, to get his view on this evergreen question.  It is well known that I am not a big fan of flats for investment, so it was good to hear an alternative view from someone of John's vast four decades of experience:


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    It also depends of the type of flat you Buy

    I own a few Tynside Flats who have no Landlords or service charges

    I think Flats that have a leasehold with service charges are not a great investment

    I like the control factor and flats I feel you dont have full control

    and with my limited experience I opt for  houses now every time

    a lot less bother fewer voids and noise issues too

    and no service charges


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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    Brilliant thread Vanessa, even though like you said you are bias towards houses over flats it’s great to see you have an open mind and respect other opinions and experiences.

    Everyone has different views and prefer different types of properties. It’s great to keep it mutual and really looking forward to reading everyone’s comments.

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    I'm still a novice but I'm starting to like flats. My first is above a shop, I have the possibility to create a second behind the shop. I own the freehold of the building so can add value as I like.

    I've just viewed another freehold flat which is a potential bargain as lenders don't like them. Just converting it to leasehold could add 50% to its value.

    I'm tempted by another that isn't selling as its a shared freehold, but given the option I'd prefer to own the freehold outright.
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    I was totally against flats, but as I get older I can see the appeal.

    No gardens to maintain (when you have several that the tenants don't even thank you for maintaining it gets a bit tiring!)

    Yes you have a service charge, but if it's sensible then I don't really see a problem if it's factored in.

    Share of freehold is the way forward - none of that less than 99 years ticking timebomb malarky!

    Often if you want to be in a very popular location then you won't have a choice between buying a flat and a house - it will be a flat or nothing at all.

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    I like flats in central locations, of course you have to look for ones with sensible service charges and low ground rents, but I thought this was obvious.

    I also like that my tenants are not families, less wear and tear.

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