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.
Your home could be at risk if you don’t keep up payments on your mortgage or other debts secured on it.
What to do now
Call us1 on 0800 022 4022 – we’ve helped thousands of people who have money worries and we’re on hand to help you. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm.
Why it’s important to contact us
If you’re feeling anxious about telling us that you have money worries, there’s no need – we want to help you manage the situation, so you can avoid the serious consequences of missing mortgage payments. But we need to be clear about what those consequences are.
- Missing mortgage payments will affect your ability to borrow money from any lenders in future
- If you have a joint mortgage or a guarantor, they’ll be liable for the money you owe
- Continuing to miss payments means we may begin legal proceedings to recover the money you owe – that could, as a last resort, lead to us repossessing and selling your home
- And if the proceeds from the sale don’t cover what you owe, you’ll still have to repay the shortfall
If your mortgage came with a Mortgage Current Account, and you’ve used the reserve to borrow money (like an overdraft), you’ll need to include this repayment in your plans.
How we can help you
We can talk to you about different ways to make your mortgage payments, although this will depend on your circumstances. You may be able to
- Extend your mortgage term, so you can pay less each month but over a longer period of time
- Reduce your monthly payments for a set period of time, while you sort out your finances
It’s important to understand that while these arrangements would reduce your monthly payments now, they will increase the overall cost of your mortgage. That’s why we’ll give you time to consider the arrangement we suggest, so you can get impartial financial or legal advice before making any changes to your mortgage.
Get free and independent advice
There’s plenty of help on offer if you have worries about money. We recommend you contact one or more of the following organisations to see how they can help – but don’t forget to call us about your mortgage.
Remember that getting free and independent advice about your finances means you’ll have access to the widest range of ways to deal with your worries – from setting up a debt management plan to discovering if you’re eligible for any state benefits.
Avoid short-term answers
Some companies offer loans specifically to cover mortgage problems. They may even offer to buy your home and then rent or lease it back to you. But loans like these can be very expensive and are usually secured against your home, so you could be putting it even more at risk. We strongly recommend that you get independent advice before considering any arrangements like this.
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Need some help?
If you’d like to speak to a mortgage adviser, call us1 any time of the day or night. Lines are open1 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.
0800 022 4022
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