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Refurbishing your HMO

Unlocking the Benefits of a Successful HMO Refurbishment

HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) properties can be a great investment for landlords looking to obtain a higher yielding rental income. However, over time, these properties can become tired and in need of a refurbishment.

A well-planned and executed refurbishment can not only improve the living conditions for tenants, but it can also increase the property’s value and rental potential.

The Benefits of Refurbishing a HMO Property

  • Increased rental income: A refurbished property is likely to command higher rental prices than a tired, outdated property.
  • Attracting higher-quality tenants: A refurbished property is more likely to appeal to professional, reliable tenants who will take care of the property.
  • Increased property value: A refurbished property is more likely to hold its value, and may even increase in value over time.
  • Improved living conditions for tenants: A refurbishment can improve the living conditions for tenants, making the property a more pleasant place to live.

Key Considerations for a Successful HMO Refurbishment

  • Planning permission: Depending on the extent of the refurbishment, planning permission may be required. It’s important to check with your local council before starting work.
  • Health and safety regulations: It’s important to ensure that the refurbishment complies with all relevant health and safety regulations to protect tenants and contractors.
  • Building regulations: The refurbishment must comply with all relevant building regulations to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the property.
  • Budget: It’s important to have a clear budget in place to ensure that the refurbishment is completed within financial constraints.

The Refurbishment Process

  • Assessing the property: Before starting the refurbishment, it’s important to assess the property to identify any issues that need to be addressed.
  • Designing the refurbishment: Once the issues have been identified, the next step is to design the refurbishment to address these issues.
  • Obtaining quotes: Once the design has been finalised, it’s important to obtain quotes from contractors to ensure that the refurbishment is completed within budget.
  • Completing the refurbishment: Once the quotes have been obtained, the refurbishment can begin. It’s important to regularly check on the progress of the work to ensure that it is completed on time and to a high standard.

Finance Options for Your Refurbishment

If the refurbishment is going to take more than a month, there is structural work or you are changing the planning usage of the property it is highly likely you will need to tell any existing lender in advance what your plans are.

The lender may allow the work or they may tell you to get finance from elsewhere and repay your current mortgage.

You could either go down bridging finance route, a bridge to let or even a light refurbishment buy to let.

There are many options depending on the work and how long it will take.


Refurbishing a HMO property can bring many benefits, including increased rental income, attracting higher-quality tenants, and improved living conditions for tenants.

However, it’s important to carefully consider key factors such as the right type of finance, planning permission, health and safety regulations, building regulations, and budget to ensure a successful refurbishment.

By following a clear process, landlords can create a property that is both valuable and appealing to tenants.

To find out what your options are please contact us.

HMO Mortgage – First Time Landlord

The Issue – A first-time landlord with a 7 bed HMO was told by a specialist HMO broker they were not mortgageable due to lack of experience. They had a property worth £400,000 which they wanted to remortgage at 75% LTV after an extensive refurbishment. They were concerned they would have to wait two years before they could release the money they had in the property.

The Solution – We have access to a lender who will do HMO mortgages up to 8 beds for a new landlord at competitive rates. The previous broker thought their maximum was 6, so through our knowledge, we now have a new client and happy landlord who has now moved onto her next property.

Not rocket science but by understanding the market we know where to go and how to ask the right questions.

BTL Mortgages for Professional Landlords

One of our BTL lenders for professional landlords:

  • Up to 80% LTV
  • Standard and specialist buy-to-let products for all types of landlord (including limited companies)
  • Single residential units, HMOs and multi freeholds
  • Choice of competitive fixed and variable rates
  • No portfolio limits
  • Maximum age 85 at end of mortgage term (79 at start of the term)
  • No minimum income required for experienced landlords
  • Capital raising to 80% LTV, to fund portfolio expansion
  • New build and ex-public sector houses accepted

These products are unregulated BTL mortgages and are subject to you and the property meeting their criteria. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


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