Kent Reliance has decided to assess the suitability of cases on rental income alone as long as the borrower can demonstrate reasonable income.
Tony Salentino, director at Complete FS said this is a sign of growing confidence in the market and the belief among lenders that the sector is entering a new period of sustainable growth.
He said: “This is a strong sign from a major BTL lender that the sector is looking forward to 2014 with confidence. The minimum income requirement has become a nuisance in the BTL field and while it might have had a purpose as the industry emerged from the worst of the recession and rental income was likely to fluctuate, in today’s market we have seen huge demand for rental property and corresponding extremely healthy increases in rental income year on year.”
Andrew Ferguson, head of sales & distribution at Kent Reliance said: “We have become increasingly confident in the BTL sector and having examined the way in which our book has performed, allied to the growing evidence of the strength of the rental market, we felt that insistence on a minimum income requirement was becoming less and less relevant as a measure of affordability. We shall however keep it under review.”