As with everything in life, things are never quite as simple as you may think. If you’re a new landlord or you’re thinking about letting property as a career or side hustle, there are hidden costs that you need to budget for. If you only account for mortgage costs when setting a rental value you could be in for some nasty surprises down the line.
Before you even advertise your property for rent you need to account for several hidden costs. You need to be in a financial position to deal with the unexpected costs you may encounter. This means you should always have a contingency fund. As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you have around 30% of your gross annual rental income set aside to deal with hidden costs such as advertising for new tenants, repairs, and redecoration.