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Mortgage lending rules

Understand the mortgage lending rules

Find out what the UK’s mortgage lending rules mean for you and check if we might lend to you – without affecting your credit score.

  • Find out how we decide if we’ll lend to you
  • Understand your current credit file
  • See if you can apply for the amount you need

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

How the mortgage rules affect you

The UK’s mortgage rules mean we have to check whether you could still make mortgage payments if your income falls or your monthly repayments increase because of a change in interest rates. So when you apply for a mortgage, we’ll consider your income, debts and regular spending and your personal circumstances.

Your income

You’ll need to provide documents that support what you’ve told us about your:

  • Regular income from work, self-employment or pensions and investments
  • Additional payments, like overtime, bonuses and commission
  • Other income, like state benefits, rental income, trust funds and maintenance payments

Your debts and regular spending

We’ll consider how your current and future commitments could affect your ability to afford your mortgage repayments, including:

  • Cards and overdrafts
  • Credit agreements and loans
  • Property commitments
  • Family commitments, including maintenance
  • Pension payments

Your circumstances

We’ll also consider your circumstances today and how you think they may change in the future, including:

  • A change to the interest rate you pay
  • Your planned retirement age
  • Additions to your household, like children or relatives you need to care for
  • Unforeseen changes, like illness, accidents and divorce
  • Changes to your working life, like redundancy or relocation

Take control of your credit file

Find out what can affect your credit file and how to check it before you apply.

Even if you think you’ve managed your money properly, it’s worth making sure the details agencies hold are correct. You can pay a fee to see a report and score from a credit reference agency. There’s no industry standard for credit scores, so each agency may hold slightly different information about you.

  • You can ask agencies to correct errors
  • Even small errors, such as in your date of birth or address history, could make a difference to the amount you could borrow
  • If you’re no longer living with a former partner or flatmate, make sure you hold no joint accounts or finances with them
  • Check your finances aren’t still linked through utility bills, store cards or other commitments you’re no longer responsible for
  • You can do this by completing a ‘disassociation request’ with a credit reference agency
  • Remember that your credit file is just one of the things we check when you apply for a mortgage

How to apply

Our mortgage calculator can help you work out how much you can afford to borrow. You can then complete an Agreement in Principle (AiP) to find out whether we’d be able to lend the amount you need – without affecting your credit score.

Need some help?

You can talk to us about our mortgages online, in branch or over the phone at a time that suits you.

Call us on 0800 197 1081 1

Important information

1. Lines are open all day, every day – except during Bank Holidays and Christmas period, when lines may be closed at off-peak times. Call charges.