The number landlord mortgages available for holidays lets has increased by a quarter in just a month as lenders re-enter the market with a vengeance as landlords invest heavily in the staycation boom-prompted Airbnb/short lets sector.

Moneyfacts has told LandlordZONE that the number of landlord mortgage products has risen from 60 to 74 over the past month and that 14 providers now offer them, up from nine.

Of these, 39 are holiday-let specific products, with 22 fixed rates averaging 3.48%, and 17 variable rates averaging 3.09%. However, this is still down on the number of products on the market back in March when 162 were up for grabs.

Mortgage lender West One is one of the lenders launching a new mortgage for landlords wanting to get in on the act.

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Its new buy-to-let product is for holiday lets – including Airbnb – as well as houses, leasehold flats and maisonettes, new-builds, HMOs and Multi-Unit Freehold Blocks (MUFB).

The five-year fixed rate loan has a maximum 75% LTV with three-year early repayment charge period. Rates start at 4.04% on loan sizes from £50k to £1,000,000 with terms from five to 30 years.

MD Andrew Ferguson says its refreshed product range includes the limited edition mortgage which will meet an increase in demand for stay-at-home rentals.

“This product fills certain criteria for both standard and specialist landlords looking to expand their portfolios,” he says.

“The range covers individual and limited company applications, across standard and specialist cases, including HMO/MUFB, ex-pat and holiday lets, which have seen a resurgence since the Covid lockdown was lifted.

“The added flexibility within the five-year fixed rate with three-year ERC product is something our broker partners have been asking for, so I anticipate strong demand for this.”

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