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Last updated 15 February 2024.

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Applicant Details

21 – if joint application, at least one applicant must be 21.

The maximum age at end of term is 70 or applicants’ declared retirement age, whichever is the lower.


Credit Criteria

CCJs/Defaults within the last 3 years are not acceptable.

CCJs/Defaults => 3 years prior to application are acceptable up to a maximum £2,500 – subject to an explanation and being cleared/satisfied 12 months prior to application.

No other adverse entries must show on credit file.

CCJs/Defaults are not acceptable over 80% LTV.

Up to 80% LTV: Mortgage, loan, HP arrears and missed payments => 3 years prior to application: Status 1s and 2s are accepted – status 3 or above not accepted.

Mortgage, loan, HP arrears and missed payments within the last 3 years are not acceptable.

Credit Card, mail order, utility commitments => 3 years prior to application: Up to and including status 2s are acceptable.

Credit card, mail order, utility commitments =< 3 years prior to application: Status 2 – OK to proceed subject to the commitment being up to date for a minimum of 12 months prior to application. Status => 3 are OK subject to commitments totalling less than £500 and being up to date for a minimum of 12 months prior to application.

Above 80% LTV: Mortgage, loan, HP arrears and missed payments are not acceptable.

Credit card, mail order, utility commitments: A maximum of 3 status 2s are acceptable if less than £100.

No other adverse entries within the last 3 years must show on the credit file.


For non-UK nationals we require the applicant(s) to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 2 years. We will also require proof of indefinite leave to remain/residence certificate or settled or pre-settled status in the UK.

Employment Status

Applicants in probationary period are acceptable, providing they are in like-for-like employment with no gap in employment.

LTV >80%: The applicant must have been in their current business for a minimum of 3 years.

LTV <80%: The applicant must have been in their current business for a minimum of 1 year with a further 2 years’ experience in the same field.

Directors with a shareholding of less than 25% will be classified as employed. We accept salary in dividend as income. If above 25%, we classify as self-employed.

LTV >80%: The applicant must have been contracting for a minimum of 3 years.

LTV <80%: The applicant must have been contracting for a minimum of 1 year with a further 2 years’ experience in the same field.

Zero-hour contracts accepted – please refer.

Deposit Details

Applicants’ own deposit or gift from an immediate family member (spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child or grandchild) is acceptable. Evidence of the source of deposit is required.


We capture gross annual income and net monthly income details. In addition, we may also consider 60% of regular overtime, bonus or commission (avg. of these over the last 2 years P60). Second employment is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Self-employed: We require 2 years’ accounts covering a 3 year-period, together with 3 years’ tax computations/SA302s to establish income. We assess the income by averaging the last 3 years’ income or we will take the most recent year, whichever is lowest of the two.

Certified Accounts need to be signed and dated within 18 months. In addition, we would require sight of recent Business Bank Statements.

For sole traders we will accept 3 years’ tax overviews and SA302s supported with 3 months’ Business Bank Statements subject to underwriter approval. We will consider cases with 1 year’s trading accounts and 2 years’ P60 if previously employed in the same field, max LTV 80%.

Contractors/CIS Workers: Applicants operating on an hourly or daily rate of pay are acceptable max 80% LTV. Offshore Umbrella Companies are not acceptable. Minimum 6 months completed contract with evidence of past/present/future contracts.

CIS workers are acceptable Max 80% LTV. We require a minimum of 12 months evidence of minimum employment and latest 3 years’ tax overviews/SA302s or previous year’s P60s in same line of work.

For applicants on fixed-term contracts of less than 6 months, the minimum period of employment with the same employer is 6 months. For those on contracts of 6 – 12 months or more, the contract must have been renewed at least once. If the contract is for more than 12 months, the applicant must be more than 6 months into the contract.

100% private and/or state pension.

The Society may also take into account a percentage of any payments received in respect of investment, dividend or rental income if evidenced by 3 years SA302s and accounts or SA100s.

100% of maintenance can be used if court ordered or payments can be evidenced on the most recent 6 months’ bank statements.

100% child benefit payment (children must be included for affordability).

100% of disability living allowance and personal independence payment (must have been in receipt for last 2 years).

100% industrial injuries benefit.

Mortgage Details

Minimum: £30,000

Maximum: Dependent on LTV – please see below.

LTVMaximum Loan
80.1 – 85% LTV£425,000
85.1 – 90% LTV£375,000
90.1 – 95% LTV£325,000


Please note that loans above £750,000 may be subject to LTV restrictions and will be subject to a % arrangement fee.

Minimum: 5 years (product dependent)

Maximum: 35 years

We will consider remortgage applications where the applicant has been the registered owner for the past 6 months.

Repayment and interest only accepted dependent on the selected product.

Sale of mortgaged security/investments/sale of other property/endowment.

A new residential mortgage can be considered where the applicant wishes to retain their current property on a BTL basis.

We need to be satisfied that the existing mortgage will be converted to a permanent letting arrangement and we require rental coverage of 125% of the mortgage commitment for basic rate tax payers, or 145% of the mortgage commitment for higher rate tax payers, based on 5.5% or chosen product rate + 2% (whichever is the higher of the two).

Anticipated rental income must be confirmed and may be required to be evidenced by a letting agent.

Not accepted. Properties that do not have any pre-emption remaining will be considered.

Property Criteria


England and Wales.

The property must be the main residence of the applicant(s).

Properties must be of traditional construction.

Timber framed properties may be considered if brick clad.

New build houses subject to NHBC/Local Authority Building Control Scheme/Premier/Checkmate (Castle 10)/Buildzone/Zurich/ICW (International Construction Warranties)/AHCI Ltd or Professional Consultants Certificates – maximum 80% LTV.

Purpose built flats/maisonettes are acceptable (new builds not acceptable). Must be up to 60% LTV and leasehold.

Flats/apartments more than 4 storeys. If above 4 storeys, they must be serviced by at least 1 lift. Flats above 6 storeys are not acceptable.

Properties must be of traditional construction.

HMOs, self-builds, properties held in Trust, present or former hotels/guest houses/B&Bs, commercial properties (even if applicants intend to convert back to residential).

Prefabricated properties.

Studio flats and ex-local authority flats/maisonettes.

New build flats.

Flats above commercial property.

Properties under 5 storeys with a flat roof are unacceptable security.

Any construction covered by Housing Defect Legislation such as high alumina cement, prefabricate reinforced concrete, large panel system, BISF.

Any property where an EWS1 form for wall cladding is required.


Both freehold and leasehold are acceptable for houses.

Freehold flats/maisonettes are not acceptable- leasehold only.

Flying freeholds – refer.

For leasehold, there must be a minimum of 85 years’ unexpired lease at the start of the mortgage and 55 years remaining at the end.

Reasons for Additional Borrowing

Home improvements acceptable up to 85% LTV. Debt consolidation acceptable up to 80% LTV (maximum £30,000).

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