Mortgages and the base rate

About the Bank of England base rate

Find out how the recent increase in the base rate set by the UK’s central bank affects your mortgage.

 

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

About the base rate

What is the base rate?

It’s the rate the Bank of England charges other banks and other lenders when they borrow money. The base rate influences the interest rates that many lenders charge for the mortgages and loans and other types of credit they offer to consumers. For example, our rates often rise and fall in line with the base rate, but this isn’t guaranteed. The base rate recently increased from 0.25% to 0.50%. You can visit the Bank of England website to find out how it decides the base rate. 

Why does the base rate change?

The Bank of England can change the base rate as a means of influencing the UK economy. Lower rates encourage people to spend more, but this can lead to inflation – an increase to living costs as goods become more expensive. Higher rates can have the opposite effect. The Bank of England reviews the base rate 8 times a year. 

What it means for you

Will the rate change affect your mortgage?

That depends on the type of mortgage you have – so here’s a guide to what will happen and the options you can consider. Rest assured that if your mortgage payments need to change, we’ll write to you before your next payment date and explain what you need to do.

You can also use our interest rate calculator, which gives examples of what your monthly payment would be at any interest rate you choose.

Fixed-rate mortgage

The change won’t affect your payments immediately, but probably will when your fixed period ends and your mortgage moves to the variable rate shown in your mortgage documents.

Remember that we could offer you a new deal with exclusive rates we reserve just for our customers. You can arrange to switch to a new rate up to 90 days before your fixed-rate period ends.

Tracker mortgage

It’s likely the interest rate you pay will move in line with the base rate change. You’ve got the option of continuing with your current deal or changing to another tracker, fixed or offset mortgage with us.

Offset mortgage

Our offset mortgages track the base rate so it’s likely your payments will change. But you’re also using your savings to reduce the mortgage balance we charge interest on, so the more you offset the less impact a change to the base rate would have on you.

Standard variable rate

We'll write to you if your payments are going to change. Remember that our standard variable rate can change at any time, including when the base rate changes.

Buy-to-let mortgage

Your buy-to-let mortgage could be a tracker or a fixed rate, so check your documents and then follow the information we’ve provided above.  

More ways we can help

Interest rate calculator

What would a new rate mean for your mortgage?

Find out what your mortgage payments would be if you were paying a different rate of interest.

Help with mortgage payments

Worried you can’t afford your payments?

If you're concerned that you won’t be able to make your mortgage payments, contact us right now to find out about the various ways we can help you.

Exclusive rates for mortgage customers

Switch to a new rate if you have a mortgage with us

If your mortgage rate with us is ending soon or you’re already on our follow-on rate, you could switch to one of our exclusive rates.