The confirmation of tougher scrutiny on interest only mortgages was announced by the FSA on the 25/10/2012. The lenders have already changed their lending criteria to reflect the FSA ongoing concerns. Interest only mortgages are still available but must have a credible repayment strategy. This can include downsizing to cheaper property, sale of holiday home or buy to let property, encashment of investments or tax free cash lump sum from pension.
Each lender has its own criteria of what is acceptable. For example Woolwich will take downsizing to a cheaper property on the condition the mortgage cannot be more than 66% of the value of the property and with a minimum equity of £150,000. Nationwide do not offer any options on interest only and insist that all new lending be arranged on a capital repayment basis.
Please contact if you have been affected by the recent changes in interest only criteria or require advice on how to put in a repayment strategy for your existing interest only mortgage.
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The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate some forms of buy-to-lets.
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