Coronavirus mortgage help
What support is available?
Find out what support is available to you if your circumstances have been impacted by coronavirus and you need help.
How is Barclays helping mortgage customers during the coronavirus situation?
We’re offering a number of ways to support you if your circumstances have changed or you expect them to change because of the coronavirus situation.
If you’re worried about making your monthly payments or need longer-term support, there are ways we can help.
Talk to us about your financial situation and any issues you have that might affect your payments – this will make it easier for us to work out how best to manage your mortgage. If you can afford to make any payments towards your mortgage, it’s generally in your best interest to do so.
It’s important you bear in mind any payment arrangements you agree to going forward could be reported to credit reference agencies, which might affect your ability to get credit in future. Making further payment arrangements could also increase your mortgage balance, and how much you have to repay.
Please call us on 0333 202 7407 so we can explain your options. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm on Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday1. To speed things up, please fill in our income and expenditure form before you call.
These options can take some time to set up and might not be in place before your next payment date, so please get in touch as soon as possible if you need further support.
To work out how much you can afford to pay towards your mortgage, first you’ll need to think about your other monthly commitments.
These include essential living costs like food, bills (such as council tax, utilities and phone bills), travel expenses, and paying back anything you owe – like any loans, credit cards or overdrafts you have.
For most people, it makes sense to pay your essential expenses and priority debts first, before you pay anything that’s lower priority. Our income and expenditure form can help you work this out.
The Money Advice Service also has a guide on how to prioritise your debts. If you’re struggling to pay all or some of your debts, think about contacting the companies you owe to discuss your repayments.
There’s a range of ways we might be able to help you. Your options will depend on how much you can afford, your circumstances, and how long you think your financial difficulties will last.
Here are some ways we could help you in the short and long term
- Reduce your payments temporarily. This means you’ll pay less than your contractual monthly payment (CMP) each month. The amount of the CMP you’re not paying will build up as an arrears balance. You’ll need to repay it before your mortgage ends, and we’ll report the arrears balance to credit reference agencies. This could affect your ability to get credit or borrow money
- A payment arrangement. This means making your contractual monthly payment plus an amount towards your arrears for an agreed period. This option is suitable if your mortgage was already in arrears and you can afford to pay more than your monthly contractual payment
- Extend your mortgage term. This means spreading your payments over a longer time, so you’ll pay a lower amount each month. It could be suitable if you can afford to make an agreed payment each month. You might end up paying more interest in total. We can’t extend the term past your retirement age
- Refinance. This is a permanent move to a part-and-part or interest-only repayment plan. This option is only available if you can show us a suitable repayment plan to pay back the amount you’ll owe by the end of the mortgage term
- Switch your mortgage to new a rate. You could apply for a different mortgage rate with us, which could offer more affordable repayments
- Support with selling your home. If you can’t make payments over a longer period, you could consider selling your home. If the property is worth more than you owe us, you could use the difference to buy a more affordable home, or to pay your living costs. We can help you through the sale process, but the cost of this will be added to the amount you owe us
All of these options depend on your personal circumstances and our eligibility conditions, and could affect one or more of these
- The amount of interest you pay over the mortgage term
- Your credit rating, which could affect your ability to get credit or borrow money
- The amount you owe us as arrears
If you need help, please contact us and we’ll do our best to support you.
We’re no longer offering temporary coronavirus support, but if you still need help we may be able to set up a payment arrangement.
Unlike the support you’ve had so far, a payment arrangement might affect your credit score – this could make it more difficult for you to get credit from us or other providers in future. A payment arrangement may also increase your mortgage balance.
Before making an arrangement, we’ll need to talk to you about your financial situation and what options are available. Some options take time to set up, and may not be in place before your next payment date, so it’s important you contact us as soon as possible. Please complete this budget plan, then call us on 0333 202 74071 – we’re here Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Friday from 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
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PPI is offered in combination with a credit agreement, such as a mortgage, credit card or overdraft. You should check whether you have this type of policy in place and, if you feel you have a valid claim, follow the claims process in your policy documents.
If you’re worried about repaying your interest-only or part-and-part mortgage balance, or Mortgage Current Account overdraft balance, we may be able to set up a payment arrangement for you.
A payment arrangement might affect your credit score – this could make it more difficult for you to get credit from us or other providers in future. A payment arrangement may also increase your mortgage balance.
Before making an arrangement, we’ll need to talk to you about your financial situation and what options are available. Please fill in this budget plan, then call us on 0333 202 74161 – we’re here Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Friday from 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.