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Ten costs to consider before buying to let

No wonder a third of people between the ages of 45 and 64 say they are tempted to cash in their pension pots to invest in the buy-to-let market.

There are some well-known risks with buy-to-let property: unreliable tenants and void periods, plus the prospect of interest rate rises or a property crash. Plus, Ed Miliband has introduced the prospect of rental controls. The Labour Party, if it comes to power, will tell landlords that they will only be able to increase rent for tenants by less than CPI inflation for the duration of a contract. Labour also wants three-year contracts to be standard to provide greater security for renters and for landlords to reveal how much the previous tenant paid.

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