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The Technical Quiz: 3 April


To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions.

The following questions relate to buy-to-let mortgages.

Question one

Which of the following is not a factor taken into account by a lender when considering a buy-to-let mortgage?

A The employment status of the prospective tenants

B The borrower’s employment status

C The size and source of the borrower’s deposit

D Other assets owned by the borrower

Questions two

How does a buy-to-let mortgage differ from a conventional mortgage?

A A buy-to-let mortgage is never permitted for leasehold properties

B A buy-to-let mortgage is only granted to employed individuals

C A lender may require a larger deposit than for a conventional mortgage to reflect the increased risk

D The term on a buy-to-let mortgage is always shorter than for a conventional mortgage

Question three

Why might a lender enquire about a borrower’s other assets when considering a buy-to-let mortgage?

A The other assets may be used as additional security for the mortgage loan

B The other assets may be used to supplement the borrower’s income

C In the event that a tenant defaults on the rental payments, the lender can use the other assets to reduce the balance of the mortgage

D If the borrower has other assets, the lender may not impose early repayment charges

Question four

With a buy-to-let mortgage, what type of tenancy is the lender likely to insist on?

A An assured annual tenancy

B An agreed shorthold tenancy

C An assured shorthold tenancy

D  A Housing Act tenancy

Question five

When assessing a buy-to-let mortgage, in addition to normal lending criteria, the lender will consider:

A The potential rental income and the potential profit to be made on the sale of the property

B Whether the borrower will occupy the property at some time during the mortgage term

C The potential rental income and the borrower’s experience as a landlord

D The credit status of the potential tenants and their track record in respect of paying rent

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1 A

2 C

3 A

4 C

5 C



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