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Incoming regulation will let down mortgage ‘misfits’

  • 24/04/2014
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Incoming regulation will let down mortgage ‘misfits’
Stricter lending criteria could bar the self-employed and those earning less than £25,000 a year from the mortgage market after the regulatory rule changes on 26 April, said a mutual lender.

Small business owner and those with unusual income types like pensions, equity in a business or property could fail automated lending assessments, said Paul Winter CEO Ipswich Building Society.

Winter said: “It is entirely appropriate that the FCA wishes to introduce regulation to ensure the lending excesses of pre-2008 are not repeated and that irresponsible lending is firmly tackled.

“However, I am concerned that people on average incomes may now find it harder to obtain a mortgage and I believe this may prove to be an unintended consequence of the methods used to implement affordability requirements.”

In an example, Winter said a family of two adults and two children wishing to purchase a property for £125,000, with a household income of £30,000 and with a 10% deposit, would not meet a computer’s affordability model.

Winter said: “The Government needs to address housing supply issues rather than potentially limiting those on average incomes from obtaining a mortgage. Many aspirational home owners are facing a double lock: unavailable lending and a lack of homes to choose from.”

Ipswich Building Society has also launched an affordability calculator.

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