Buying property abroad for rental: Our guide

Euan Robb

The allure of owning a property in a foreign country can be strong, whether it's the charm of a sun-drenched villa in Spain or a chic apartment in the heart of Paris. Beyond personal enjoyment, purchasing property abroad to rent out has become a popular investment strategy for many UK residents, promising not just a potential rental income but also capital appreciation. However, the journey from contemplating a purchase to becoming an international landlord is fraught with complexities.

This guide aims to navigate you through the intricacies of buying and managing a rental property abroad while highlighting the benefits of using Equals Money's international transfer service to streamline your cross-border financial transactions.

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Understanding the market: Research is key

Embarking on the path to international property investment begins with thorough research. Each country has its unique real estate market, legal system, and tax regulations that you need to understand before making a purchase.

  1. Location, location, location: Consider areas with high tourist demand if you're aiming for short-term rentals or thriving cities for long-term tenancies.
  2. Legal landscape: Understand the property ownership laws, your rights as a landlord, and any restrictions that may apply to foreign investors.
  3. Tax implications: Be aware of the local and UK tax implications of owning and renting out property abroad.

Financial planning: Costs and currency exchange

Financial foresight is critical when buying abroad, particularly regarding the impact of currency exchange rates on your investment.

  1. Budgeting beyond purchase: Account for all costs, including legal fees, taxes, ongoing maintenance, and property management fees.
  2. Currency fluctuations: Exchange rate volatility can significantly affect the cost of buying a property and repatriating rental income.

This is where Equals Money comes in. As an international transfer service tailored for those looking to invest in property abroad like you, Equals Money offers competitive exchange rates and expert support, ensuring that your money moves across borders with ease and efficiency.

Navigating the purchase process

The process of buying property abroad can be markedly different from that in the UK, often requiring local assistance.

  1. Hiring local experts: Engage with a local real estate agent and a legal advisor who specialises in property transactions for foreign investors.
  2. Understanding the steps: From initial deposits to completion, each step will likely involve contracts and dealings in a foreign language and legal system.

Management and maintenance: Long-distance landlording

Effective management is key to ensuring your property is well-maintained and profitably rented out.

  1. Property management companies: They can handle day-to-day operations, tenant interactions, and maintenance issues.
  2. Building relationships: Establish contacts with local tradespeople and service providers for maintenance needs.

Maximising rental yield: Marketing your property

Your property won't generate income without tenants. Effective marketing is vital to attract renters.

  1. Online platforms: List your property on popular rental sites tailored to your target market.
  2. Local agencies: Consider partnering with local rental agencies that have access to a steady stream of potential renters.

Equals Money: Your partner in international property investment

When it comes to managing the financial aspects of your international property investment, Equals Money offers a bespoke service that simplifies international payments.

  1. Competitive exchange rates: Equals Money provides competitive exchange rates for over 140 different currencies, allowing you to make the mot out of every transfer.
  2. Expertise: Their team of experts can help you navigate through the complex world of foreign exchange.
  3. Faster settlements: With Equals Money, you have access to same-day and next-working-day transfers, ensurinng your money reaches its destinationn securely and on time.


Investing in a rental property abroad is an exciting venture that can yield significant rewards. However, it requires careful planning, a deep understanding of the market, and a reliable financial partner to manage cross-border transactions effectively. Equals Money's international transfer service offers the tools and expertise to help you make the most of your investment and make your journey as a global landlord both enjoyable and beneficial.

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