Single Let Vs Multi-Lets – Which Is Better?


When investing, what’s your end game?

What’s the bottom line you want, when all is said and done?

Ask 100 investors and you will get a varied response.

Which one is better, single lets or multi-lets?

OK, that was a trick question.

You see, that’s akin to ‘Which is better, a fastball or an off speed pitch?’

If you need immediate income, you know cash flow is a yield on a pile of gold.

And, the one with the most and biggest piles of gold wins, right?

You see, with single lets, most tenants [especially at the lower end] tend to stay longer term, making recurring income on auto-pilot.

But, when vacant, they can seriously take a bite out of the cashflow, as there will be zero income, but the mortgage will still need to be met.

With multi-lets, you are diversifying the income which clearly isn’t possible with single lets.

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This can offset potential higher vacancy rates.

3-Income Diversification – A genuine question:

Going into war, is it better to have one soldier on your side, or four?

Of course you would have four –if one goes down, you still have three others to get the job done.

You with me?

This is one of the advantages multi-lets have over single lets.

4- Ease of Tenant Management/Maintenance - This is another area where the burden, up-keep and maintenance of tenants of single lets can outshine multi-lets.

Perhaps you’ve also tried HMO’ing.

You hated it.

You tried to self manage, you got too involved, you didn’t vet the tenants properly, put the wrong types of tenants together, in the wrong location, to the wrong living standard.

Never again, I’ll stick with single let thanks.

But consider this also.

Needing 100 single lets in order to achieve your investment objectives [but scattered] compared to 5/6-twenty multi-lets in a tight geographical location?

The multi-lets would make more sense right? There is a lot of efficiency in this model too.

But there might be another reason to own smaller single lets which brings us on to the next point..

5-Ease of Sale – The simple reality is single lets are much easier to liquidate should you ever want to exit.

The potential pool of buyers is much larger along with generous financing & mortgage options.

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Given smaller multi-lets are also easier to finance, the problems arise with larger licensed buildings which often have many drawbacks with the availability of finance, and larger deposits needed.

Naturally, there are a few commercial players who could offer niche finance for this market, but this would require the buyer to have deep pockets and some past business borrowings.

Conclusion – while both strategies and financing options are different, which one is more better depends on the investors strategy.

Cash flow vs. Capital appreciation? Multi-lets will deliver mammoth returns, whilst single-lets will likely break even after all costs are factored in. This is of course based on the assumption you have recycled your capital after the ‘title has seasoned’

Yes, each strategy has its own benefits and drawbacks, but remember, which ever strategy you choose, your priority should be not to lose!

So, let’s talk about it!

What’s your preference? Single or multi-Lets? Leave a comment below.

Mark Homer

Co-founder at Progressive Property, 600 + properties bought & sold.
Full time property investor/analyst/geek & World Record Holder

Author of No.1 Amazon best-selling book Uncommon Sense, Low Cost High Life and Commercial Property Conversions.

About Mark

Co-founder at Progressive Property, 600 + properties bought & sold. Full time property investor/analyst/geek & World Record Holder Author of No.1 Amazon best-selling book Uncommon Sense, Low Cost High Life and Commercial Property Conversions.

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