The company said BTL+ would bolster and streamline the help available to advisers from its member firms in all areas of the market – from those handling first-time landlords to interests in commercial properties.
The BTL+ online hub includes market updates and news plus access to a panel of BTL lenders, including those with experience on complex cases. Users can also find guidance on protection, landlord insurance and surveys, said SimplyBiz, which supports more than 3,000 intermediary firms with regulatory and business services including software and data.
The company also said it planned several related events, including a BTL+ masterclass in 10 locations across the UK, a national BTL+ conference in London, and a series of four virtual training academies later this year.
Makayla Everitt (pictured), head of SimplyBiz, said “It is fair to say that buy-to-let landlords and lenders remain positive about their prospects over the next 12 months, from remortgaging opportunities, potential first-time landlords entering the market, and existing landlords adding to their portfolio – often taking advantage of the opportunities offered by a different geographical area – to the changing needs of tenants with a greater focus on home working.”
The Masterclass, to be held in late summer, is expected to examine the changing shape and rapid growth of the BTL market; explore real-life cases studies including more specialist and complex BTL cases and the solutions found; and look at green mortgage considerations. The conference, in November, is expected to feature keynote speakers and workshops on key BTL issues.
To ensure good outcomes for advisers and their clients, Everitt added, it was crucial “that BTL+ delivered a highly detailed route to growth, supporting foundation income and access to the provision of a holistic service” including resources, training and easy access.