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This section offers you an overview of our lending criteria for new clients. Whilst we aim to cover all relevant information, this criteria does not detail all our requirements and for anything you are unable to find, contact your BDM.

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Application 

 Decision in principle (DIP)

Our mortgage promise provides a credit score facility using minimal information.

It states how much we can lend and is valid for three months subject to a valuation and the information supplied being correct.


 Direct Debit details

The details of the customers bank account from where the mortgage will be paid should be keyed at application.

There is no requirement to complete a Direct Debit mandate form, but details must be provided before the offer will be issued.


 Finder's fees

Applications involving finder's fees are not acceptable.

A finder's fee is a fee or commission paid by a seller to a third party (such as an investment club) for finding or introducing a buyer. It does not include the normal fee or commission payable to any estate agent handling the sale.


 First monthly payment and initial interest

The first monthly payment is always collected in the month following completion, for example if a mortgage completes in June the first payment will be collected in July. This will be collected on the customer’s chosen monthly payment date unless completion occurs in the last few days of any month and results in less than 4 working days between the completion date and the customer's chosen payment date (excluding those days), the first payment will then be collected on the 10th of that month. This date will then revert to the customer's chosen payment date on the following month.

The first monthly payment includes an amount of ‘Initial Interest’ from the day of completion to the end of that month plus the first monthly mortgage payment. For example:

  • If completion occurs on the 15th, interest is calculated from the 15th to the end of the month and then added to the first payment
  • If completion occurs on the 5th, interest is calculated from the 5th to the end of the month and then added to the first payment

The 'Amount of each instalment' section of the mortgage illustration sets out a first payment assuming a mortgage completes on the 1st of the following month. A customer’s first monthly payment may be different as it will depend on when the loan starts. We write to all customers when the mortgage starts to tell them when we will collect their first and subsequent payments.


 Remortgage service (Free Legals)

The remortgage service is available on most, but not all, of our remortgage products. Where your customer uses our remortgage service, we will pay our conveyancer’s legal fees, any registration fees and, if the property is leasehold, their landlord's fees for answering our conveyancer's enquiries.

Your customer will have to pay any fees their existing lender may charge in connection with repaying their current mortgage.

These include your customers existing lender's conveyancer's fees if the existing lender does not allow our conveyancer to act for them too. Halifax conveyancer's may be able to offer to do extra legal work for your customer at the same time as the remortgage (not in Northern Ireland). If your customer decides to use them, they will make a separate charge for the extra work and your customer will have to pay for it. Your customer should ask about the charge before asking the conveyancers to do any extra work for them.

Your customer can choose their own conveyancer to act. Please note also that our remortgage service is not available with some of our remortgage products and your customer will have to choose their own conveyancer to act if they decide to have one of these products. This conveyancer will act for Halifax in the remortgage, provided they are on our panel of conveyancers, and your customer must pay the legal charges, and any search fees, registration fees or other costs, whether or not the matter goes ahead. The search insurance facility will not be available.

Please be advised that the remortgage service is not available for customers who are capital-raising on a mortgage-free property.

Scottish Properties - Closure of Sasine register

As part of the goal to complete the Land Register, the General Register of Sasine closed to standard securities on 1 April 2016. This change only affects remortgaging of Scottish properties that are on the old Sasine register.

As part of our commitment to make things easier Halifax Intermediaries will cover the standard costs for transferring from the Sasine register to the Land Registry within the conveyancing element of our remortgage service, wherever possible.

However, some transactions are deemed to have an additional level of complexity where we won’t be able to cover the full costs as part of the remortgage service. For these complex cases the conveyancer should discuss the case with the customer to establish the level of additional fee required, which is then payable by the customer. The Scottish Conveyancing panel has estimated it expects approximately 40% of cases to be complex.

Some examples of where the conveyancer would classify the transfer of the property tile from the Sasines Register to the Land Registry case as complex include:

  • Plans report states either an overlap or shortfall between the legal and occupational extent
  • Title is complex with split-off writs, exceptions and additions (essentially requires a full examination of title to draft the security and obtain a relevant deed plan)
  • Property is a flat or part of a tenement block and there are common parts etc, obtaining of neighbouring titles would be required
  • Property is rural and copies of neighbouring titles are required to check servitudes/access rights etc.
  • These are some high level examples considered by conveyancer panel firms as most likely to occur (but are not limited to these examples). The specific costs associated to complex cases/scenarios will vary, and panel firms will apply an hourly rate and discuss all matters with customers up front prior to commencing any further with the transaction.

Customer 

 Acceptable documentation

For face to face verification, one document from the Single Identification list can be used to verify the customer's name together with either their date of birth or residential address.

Where the customer has not been physically present for identification purposes, two separate documents must be provided to verify the customer's name, residential address and date of birth.

Documents must be originals and can only be used once throughout the whole process; i.e. used once for either address verification or for identification.

Single Identification Documentation

Document

Identification

Address Verification

EU/EEA Driving Licence
(Some not applicable)

Yes

Yes

EU/EEA Identity Card
(Some not applicable)

Yes

No

Firearms/Shotgun Certificate

Yes

Yes

Northern Ireland Voters Card

Yes

Yes

UK and Non UK Passport
(Some non UK passports not applicable)

Yes

No

UK Driving Licence - Photo Card

Yes

Yes

Non Single Identification Documentation

Bank, Building Society or Credit Union Statement

No

Yes

Benefits/State Pension Notification Letter

Yes

No

Biometric Residence Permit

Yes

No

Blue Disabled Driver's Pass

Yes

No

HM Revenue & Customs Correspondence

No

Yes

HM Revenue & Customs Tax Notification

Yes

Yes

Local Authority Tax Bill

No

Yes

Local Council Rent Card/Statement

No

Yes

Mortgage Statement

No

Yes

Record of Home Visit

No

Yes

Solicitors Correspondence

No

Yes

Utility Bill/Utility Statement or a certificate/Letter from a Supplier of Utilities

No

Yes

Young Scot Card

Yes

No

Credit Card Statement

No

Yes

Tenancy Agreement

No

Yes


 Customer verification

If we cannot complete electronic verification, we need to ensure that the customer is who they say they are from documents which confirm their identity and where they live.

Depending on the type of verification document provided, the customer will need to provide either one or two documents FCA registered firms must ensure that documentation relied upon to verify aspects of a customer's identify is copied and retained. Sufficient and accurate information must be recorded on our application system. You must also correctly indicate if the case is face to face or non face to face.

We reserve the right to request copies of identity documents.


 Foreign nationals

Non UK/EEA

EEA member countries

Austria

Belgium

Cyprus

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Lichtenstein

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Portugal

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

 

Czech Republic

Estonia

Hungary

Latvia

Lithuania

Poland

Slovakia

Slovenia

 

Bulgaria

Romania

 

All EEA citizens in this category have full rights to enter, live and work in the UK, provided they are able to support themselves without the need for State benefits.

Where the customer is not a citizen of one of the countries listed above then the following checks must be completed:

  • Applicants must not enjoy diplomatic immunity
  • Passport includes indefinite leave to remain - proceed.
  • Passport does not include indefinite leave to remain but includes work permit or visa with minimum 2 years 6 months remaining - proceed.
  • If not, has the customer lived and worked in the UK for over 3 years (excluding refugees or any period as a student) - proceed
  • If not, where work permit has less than 2 years 6 months remaining employer must confirm that they have applied (or intend to apply) for the permit to be renewed - proceed
  • If none of the above applies, then the case may not proceed (or could be limited to 75% LTV).
  • Please ensure that if the passport has a visa stamp and if this stamp has specific conditions attached that any documents that refer to these conditions are submitted with the passport, i.e. if the visa says ‘As authorised by the secretary of state’ then the work permit and a letter from the employer confirming that they have applied (or intend to apply) for the permit to be renewed are submitted.
  • Some Non-EEA nationals may have an identity card issued by the home office in place of a visa, which will confirm the client's right to stay, work or study in the UK. These cards are acceptable.

 How to certify a document

If we ask you to provide ID documents, you must ensure that the following is present to satisfy certification requirements. This must be recorded by the FCA Registered Mortgage Intermediary:

  • Name of the certifier;
  • Signature of the certifier;
  • Date of certification, which must not be older than 3 months at the time of the application and;
  • Written confirmation from the certifier stating "I hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of the original document as sighted by me" (variations are acceptable).

 Refugees

Refugees/asylum seekers must have indefinite leave to remain, which must be verified by the documentation from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. This will consist of a letter confirming that they have been granted "Indefinite leave to remain". "Exceptional leave to remain" is not acceptable.


Income 

 Second Job

In cases where the customer has more than one job, we will consider the following when deciding whether or not to take the secondary income into account. Hours worked, are they sustainable? Are the roles/skills similar? What is the distance between the jobs and the customers home? How long has the customer been in both jobs? Is the salary consistent with the type of employment? And the number of days the customer works per week.


 Applicants not paid in Sterling

Foreign currency income will not be accepted for new mortgage or remortgage applications for new and existing customers, including porting, transfers of mortgaged property (TOMP), and further advances.

The only exceptions to this are further advance applications for essential repairs to the mortgaged property and product transfers.

Foreign currency income is any income other than sterling received by a customer. Foreign currency income paid into a UK bank account and subsequently transferred to sterling is still considered to be foreign currency.


 Employment contracts

Sub Contractors, Fixed/short term contracts and Agency workers

Applications will be considered from the above employment types if the customer has a current continuous employment of 12 months or more with 6 months of the contract remaining or the customer has 2 years continuous service in the same type of employment.

Evidence of their employment track record may be required.

Customers should be treated as self employed if they pay their own tax or sub contract to more than one company.

IT and other contractors

For IT contractors on any income and other contractors whose income is more than £500 per day or £75,000 per annum: whether employed or self employed, we accept the gross value of the contract as evidence of income. All applicants must have a current continuous employment of 12 months or more with 6 months of the contract remaining or 2 years continuous service in the same type of employment.

Construction Industry Scheme Contractors (CIS)

Applications from customers employed on a Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Contract will be considered. An average of the latest 3 months income should be used and evidence of the income for these applicants must be provided.

Zero hours contracts

Applications from customers employed on a zero hours contract will be considered. The total of the last 12 calendar months income only will be used and all the income must be evidenced.

Probation

Income from probationary employment is only used where the probationary period is part of a permanent contract. If the contract is purely probationary with the employer having the option to terminate the contract then this income cannot be used.

It is important that probationary contracts are keyed accurately as follows:

Where the applicant receives an offer of permanent employment and the contract states an initial probationary period e.g. three or six months, it should be keyed as 'permanent'. The income will be used in the affordability assessment.

Where the applicant is offered a probationary contract, e.g. for three months, at the end of which the employer has the option to determine if a permanent contract will be offered, it should be keyed as ‘probationary’. The income will not be used in the affordability assessment.

Professional Sports People

Applications will be considered from Professional Sports People where either continuous employment of 12 months or more with 6 months of the contract remaining or 2 years continuous service (for the last two years as at the date of application) in the same type of employment can be confirmed. It is essential to establish that such individuals will have the ability to sustainably meet the monthly repayments as they near the end of their career or if their career should be ended abruptly due to injury.


 Employment Types

Income/Contract Type

Verification document (preferred shown first alternative shown below)

Criteria

Additional Duty Hours (including Additional Responsibility Allowance)

Latest 3 payslips, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Attendance Allowance

Benefit Award Letter

must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name & monetary value of allowance
The benefit must not be received on behalf of another person, e.g. a dependant.

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for DLA, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Basic Salary (Including applicants on permanent contract with probationary period)

Latest payslip, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide payslips that fit the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Bereavement Allowance

Income not acceptable

Bonus

See Overtime, bonus, commission

Bursary

Income not acceptable

N/A

Cabin Crew/Flight Attendants - Pay/Allowances

Cabin crew income is a mix of basic pay and a high level of additional pay known as "Flight Pay" or "Flight Allowance".

You should enter the total additional pay/allowances under Additional Duty Hours within Other Income, using an average of the last three months to calculate the annual amount.

Latest 3 payslips, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Car Allowance

See Town, Area & Car Allowance

Carers Allowance

Benefit Award Letter

must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name & monetary value of allowance
The benefit must not be received on behalf of another person, e.g. a dependant.

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for DLA, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Child Benefit (must not be used for any application that includes a customer on a gross income of £50,000 or more)

Latest Bank Statement

customer full name or initial and surname, account number, receipt of payment for child benefit, bank heading/name and http address for internet statement

Latest Benefit Award Letter (dated within the last 12 months)

must show applicants name and address and relate to current tax year.

Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit

Latest award letter from HMRC (all pages)

must show applicants name & address and relate to current tax year. Income declared to Inland Revenue for calculating the awarded amount must match the income keyed on the application otherwise the letter is unacceptable.
If the letter is in joint names, the income can be keyed for either applicant but both must be party to the mortgage.

Latest full month Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for CTC/WTC, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

CIS Contractors If Company Paying Tax should be keyed as employed providing they can confirm 12 months or more continuous employment with 6 months of the contract remaining or 2 years continuous service (for the last two years as at the date of application) in the same type of employment

Latest 3 months payslips/invoices and corresponding bank statements

payslip/invoice must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay bank statement must show customer full name or initial & surname, account number, salary amount credited, employer name & bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation fitting the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

CIS Contractors
If Customer Paying Tax, has more than one contract or is employed by a Limited company he/she has set up

See self employed income verification

Commission

See Overtime, bonus, commission

Constant Attendance

Benefit Award Letter

must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name & monetary value of allowance
The benefit must not be received on behalf of another person, e.g. a dependant.

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for benefit, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Contractor - If applicant earns more than £500 per day or £75,000 per annum
 (For all other types of contractor please see Fixed/short term/Agency contracts)

Copy of the contract

All applicants must have a current continuous employment of 12 months or more with 6 months of the contract remaining or 2 years continuous service (for the last two years as at the date of application) in the same type of employment.

Council Tax Benefit

Income not acceptable

N/A

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
(Mobility Payments - these can only be included if they are part of any other disablement benefits)

DLA Award Letter

must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name & monetary value of allowance

DLA must not be received on behalf of another person, e.g. a dependant.

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for DLA, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

DWP or Income Support

Income not acceptable

N/A

Employed in a Family Business
If Less than 25% Invested interest (treat as employed)

Latest payslip & corresponding bank statement

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Latest Tax Calculations accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews

The year the Tax Calculation related to and customer’s name/initial & surname must be shown. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.
The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculation:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Employed in a Family Business
Equal to or greater than 25% Invested interest (Treat as Self Employed)

Last 3 years Tax Calculations accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews

The year the Tax Calculation related to and customer’s name/initial & surname must be shown. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.
The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculation:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Full Accounts

must be finalised, and clearly show the net profit (for sole traders), share of net profit (for partnerships) or salary & dividends (for director of Limited company). Profit & Loss statements alone are NOT acceptable

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Benefit Award Letter

must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name & monetary value of allowance
The benefit must not be received on behalf of another person, e.g. a dependant.

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for benefit, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Expenses

Income not acceptable

N/A

Fixed / Short Term / Agency Contracts
If applicant paying own tax should be keyed as self employed

See self employed income verification

Fixed / Short Term/Agency  Contracts

If Company Paying Tax (Excluding CIS contractors) should be keyed as employed providing they can confirm 12 months or more continuous employment with 6 months of the contract remaining or 2 years continuous service (for the last two years as at the date of application) in the same type of employment

Latest payslip, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly).

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide payslips that fit the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Flexible Benefits (we accept 100% of this income which should be keyed under colleague flexible benefit')

same as evidencing Basic Income

Foster Care Allowance

Income not acceptable

N/A

Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) - Guaranteed monthly payment from the Armed Forces for soldiers injured in battle.

Latest payslip
Employers reference

Key as Private Pension
The term must not extend past the final payment date for GIP if affordability is based on this income only.

Holiday Pay

Latest payslip, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide payslips that fit the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Housing Benefit

N/A

N/A

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Benefit Award Letter

must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name & monetary value of allowance
The benefit must not be received on behalf of another person, e.g. a dependant.

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for benefit, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

IT Contractors - refer to fixed/short term contracts, company paying tax

Copy of the IT Contract

All applicants must have a current continuous employment of 12 months or more with 6 months of the contract remaining or 2 years continuous service (for the last two years as at the date of application) in the same type of employment.

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Maintenance Income (including adoption & guardian allowance)

Bank Statements (latest 3 consecutive full months)

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Court Order (minute agreements for maintenance income are not required to be sealed) Maintenance Assessment Letter from Child Support Agency (CSA)

Must show applicant name & monetary value

Maternity Pay providing the applicant will return to work on the same terms.

Latest payslip received prior to commencement of maternity leave or latest payslip where annual salary is clearly displayed

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation, we are able to request an employer’s reference to verify the income.

New Job, Payrise or Promotion Income/higher income can be keyed on application

Employers Reference (if new income amount is not already shown on latest payslip)

Payslip must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Nursing Bank (This income should be keyed under the relevant dropdown options in the Other Income section and not added to basic income. The exception to is when it’s the applicant’s only source of income received in which case manually calculate 60% and key this income into Gross Basic Salary field)

Latest 3 payslips, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Overtime Bonus Commission (must represent a regular and sustainable feature of the applicant's income) (Deferred bonuses are usually conditional and may not be guaranteed. Bonuses must not be keyed onto MSP unless they have already been paid out)

If received weekly or monthly, then latest 3 payslips. Yearly/Half Yearly/Quarterly – the total payments for the last 12 months is used for the bonus which must be shown on all the relevant payslip(s).

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide payslips that fit the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Pension-State
Pension-Private
Pension-War Widows
Pension-War Disablement

Latest full Bank Statement

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of payment for pension, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement

Latest payslip, pension statement or P60 (dated within 12 months)

P60 - must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name, company name & income amount
On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation fitting the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference

Permanent Health Insurance (PHI) – Insurance that provides a defined income in the case of prolonged illness or disability.

Latest bank statement
Latest Benefit Award Letter (dated within the last 12 months)

Key as Private Pension
The term must not extend past the final payment date for PHI if affordability is based on this income only.

Piecework Contract

Income not acceptable

N/A

Rental Income (If the property is to be let)

Letter from Letting Agent

must be on company headed paper, addressed to applicant & confirm expected rental payment

Rental Income (If the property is already let)

Any one of the following can be used to evidence rental income:
3 months consecutive bank statements Tenancy Agreement (current) Letter from Letting Agent OR Letter from accountant or solicitor
(When a tenancy agreement expires it is normal to have an automatic renewal for the same rent period without a new agreement being issued. In this case, as the tenancy agreement will not be within date, rental income should be evidenced via one of the other methods as shown above.)

customer full name or initial & surname, account number, receipt of rental income, bank heading/name & http address for internet statement must show applicants name, rental period & rental payment must be on company headed paper, addressed to applicant & confirm property address, rental payment & that the property is currently rented

Retirement Private Pension

Pensions Statement

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay

Seasonal Contract

Income not acceptable

N/A

Shift Allowance

Latest 3 consecutive payslips, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide a payslip that fits the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Stipend

Income not acceptable

N/A

Supply Teacher (where the customer has current continuous employment of 12 months or more and has 6 months remaining or the customer has at least 2 years continuous service (for the last 2 years as at the date of application) in the same type of employment, income can be used

same as evidencing Basic Income

Temporary Contract

Income not acceptable

N/A

Thalidomide Trust Income

Latest full Bank statement
Latest payment confirmation letter(must be dated within 12 months)

Key as Pension-State

Town, Area or Car Allowance (excluding mileage allowance)

Latest payslip, (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide a payslip that fits the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Trust Income

Income not acceptable

N/A

Widows Private Company Pension (should be keyed as retirement income)

One of the following dated within 12 months: Payslip, Pension Statement or P60

Payslip must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability Pension statement must show applicant & pension provider name, pay date, gross & net pay P60 must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name, company name & income amount

Working Tax Credit

See Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit

Zero Hours Contracts The income should be keyed as the income earned over the last 12 calendar months.

The customer must have been employed on a zero hours contract for a minimum of 12 months (same employer OR same type of work but different employers)

12 months payslips

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

P60 plus subsequent payslips to cover the full 12 month period

OR

Employers Reference

P60 - must be dated within the last 12 months, show applicant name, company name & income amount

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide our preferred documentation fitting the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income


 Lending into retirement

The maximum age at the end of the mortgage term is 80 years for all lending.

Future retirement income will need to be verified where the customer is taking a mortgage term which extends beyond their anticipated retirement age or a maximum working age, for which we will use 70, whichever is the earliest. Affordability will be assessed on the future retirement income. On occasions, a further review will be required to confirm we feel it is appropriate for the customer to lend into retirement.

The applicant’s plans should be discussed in view of their occupation, and reasonability of working beyond state pension age should be documented where appropriate.

The types of evidence which can be used to verify anticipated retirement income are as follows:

  • Private / Company Pension Forecast Statement dated within the last 18 months
  • State Pension Statement dated within last 18 months which must be obtained by the customer directly as an actual statement (not a generic forecast) with their name and address on it (this can be obtained from The Pension Service).
  • Annuity Statement dated within the last 18 months

The types of evidence which can be used to verify Pension Income already being received are as follows:

For State Pension, War Pension and Widows Pension

  • Latest 1 month bank statement

For Company or Private Pension

One of the following:

  • Latest payslip
  • Latest bank statement
  • Latest pension statement/reference dated within last 12 months

 Length of employment

  • Employed - Current employment details collected
  • Self Employed - 3 years history requested however, where the business has been trading for less than 3 years eg 1 year self employed and so self employed income is not available for 3 years, we will still consider these applications. You must record all relevant years' income accurately on the mortgage application.

 Self Employed Applicants

If any of the following criteria applies, the customer must be keyed as self employed.

If any of the following applies, the customer must be keyed as self employed;

  • Where the customer has a shareholding of 25% or more
  • If joint customers own 25% or more between them, treat both customers as self-employed (both applicants need to hold a % share)
  • A sub-contractor who derives income from more than one contract
  • A customer has a partnership interest in a business, i.e. income is not PAYE, irrespective of the percentage shareholding
  • A customer owns a franchise
  • A customer employed by a Private Limited Company (LTD) who receives a salary (PAYE) and dividends as part of their remuneration package
  • A customer who is in a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and receives a share of Net Profits

For applicants who are classed as self-employed, you should capture all of their income under the field "Net Profit". Whilst some self-employed income we allow is not truly 'net profit', we use this field in our affordability assessment and in our policy rules. For example if the customer is paid PAYE and dividends this can be added together and keyed in the ‘net profit’ field.

Where the applicant has been self employed for 3 years or more, the full 3 years income documentation must be provided.

Acceptable Income Verification Documents

Latest 3 Years HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Tax Calculation accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews –The year the Tax Calculation relates to and the Customer’s name/initials must show. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.

The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculation:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Tax Year Overviews – corresponding Tax Year Overviews must accompany Tax Calculations The tax due for each tax year must exactly match the corresponding Tax Calculation figure for Income Tax and National Insurance due.

Latest 3 Years Full Accounts – must be finalised and clearly show the net profit (for Sole Traders), share of net profit (for Partnerships) or salary & dividends (for Directors of Limited companies). Profit & Loss statements alone are not acceptable.

The year end on all documentation must be the most recent and must not be dated more than 18 months before the date of application. Tax Calculations from the customer’s online self-assessment account. Tax Calculations must be accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews and the figures for Tax due must exactly match.


 Self Employed Types

Income/Contract Type

Verification document (preferred shown first alternative shown below)

Criteria

Ltd Company – Director/Shareholder - less than 25% Wanting to use basic PAYE only - Treat as Employed

Latest payslip,(this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly).

*Hand written payslips are not acceptable*

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

Providing the applicant is NOT employed by a family business, on occasions where the customer is unable to provide payslips that fit the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income

Ltd Company – Director/Shareholder - equal to or greater than 25% Wanting to use basic PAYE only - Treat as Self Employed

Last 3 years Tax Calculations accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews

The year the Tax Calculation related to and customer’s name/initial & surname must be shown. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.
The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculations:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Latest 3 years Full Accounts

must be finalised, and clearly show the net profit (for sole traders), share of net profit (for partnerships) or salary & dividends (for director of Limited company). Profit & Loss statements alone are NOT acceptable

Ltd Company – Director/Shareholder -Irrespective of shareholding Wanting to use basic PAYE (salary) & Dividends - Treat as Self Employed

Last 3 years SA302s Tax Calculation accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews

The year the Tax Calculation related to and customer’s name/initial & surname must be shown. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.
The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculation:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Latest 3 years Full Accounts

must be finalised and clearly show the net profit (for sole traders), share of net profit (for partnerships) or salary & dividends (for director of Limited company). Profit & Loss statements alone are NOT acceptable

Sole Trader OR Partnership

Last 3 years Tax Calculation accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews

The year the Tax Calculation related to and customer’s name/initial & surname must be shown. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.
The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculation:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Latest 3 years Full Accounts

must be finalised and clearly show the net profit (for sole traders), share of net profit (for partnerships) or salary & dividends (for director of Limited company). Profit & Loss statements alone are NOT acceptable

Partner of LLP receiving profit share as part of their salary package - irrespective of share of equity (Treat as Self Employed)

Last 3 years Tax Calculations accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews

The year the Tax Calculation related to and customer’s name/initial & surname must be shown. Tax Calculations can be obtained from the customer’s online self-assessment account.
The following details must be visible on the online Tax Calculation:

  • HMRC logo
  • Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax year (most recent no older than 18 months old), and the following wording:
    • “This is a copy of information held on your official online SA tax account with HMRC”, and
    • “Submission is 100% complete.”

Online tax assessments produced by accountants’ commercial software (accompanied by corresponding Tax Year Overviews) are acceptable provided they show the following:

  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Customer’s name
  • Tax Year (most recent no older than 18 months old).

Latest 3 years Full Accounts

must be finalised and clearly show the net profit (for sole traders), share of net profit (for partnerships) or salary & dividends (for director of Limited company). Profit & Loss statements alone are NOT acceptable

Employee of LLP - not equity shareholding partner (Treat as employed)

Latest payslip (this applies whether the applicant is paid weekly or monthly)

must show applicant & employer name, pay date, basic income, gross & net pay and any additional payments being used in affordability

Employers Reference

On occasions where the customer is unable to provide a payslip that fits the listed criteria, we are able to request an employer's reference to verify the income


Lending 

 Affordability

Halifax use affordability as a way of assessing how much they will lend. Please refer to our affordability calculator. PLEASE NOTE: The affordability calculator will give a guide to the amount we would be willing to lend however, as no credit search is carried out please be aware that this amount is subject to change once the Decision in Principle (DIP) is keyed.

When calculating affordability on interest only loans, Halifax will take into account the monthly premiums payable for the relevant repayment vehicle i.e. existing endowment or new or existing ISA. Please ensure the premium(s) is specified at both DIP and full application.

All applications are subject to satisfactory status checks including credit scoring. If your customer does not keep to the mortgage conditions we may set off any money that they owe us against a credit balance in any account they hold with us, including a joint account.

Affordability must also include future changes to income and expenditure.

Where a customer fails on affordability there are options to extend the term (up to retirement), extend term into retirement (subject to evidence of adequate retirement income) and on occasions, a further review to confirm we feel it is appropriate for the customer to lend into retirement. Where the application is not affordable it will be declined.

We will be undertaking affordability checks on product transfers where there are material changes which affect affordability; where the customer is lending into retirement, reducing their term on the Capital and Interest element of the mortgage, changing repayment type or where they do not have adequate repayment vehicles in place.

Where there are no material changes to the mortgage the product transfer will be assessed on the customer’s budget assessment.


 Assignable contracts

Applications which involve assignable contracts or irrevocable powers of attorney in favour of intervening sellers are not acceptable. Any other structure to the transaction which has a similar effect should be reported to us. Assignable contracts allow the original buyer to sell the property before legal completion, by assigning the contract to buy the property to a new buyer after contracts have been exchanged with the developer.


 Bankruptcies

The Bankruptcy question should be answered as yes if your customer has had a bankruptcy/IVA/Debt Management Arrangement or Debt Relief Order within the last 6 years or still have an outstanding Bankruptcy Restriction Order.


 Concessionary Purchase

Concessionary purchases can only be agreed for subsequent sales (not new build) in the following circumstances:

The property purchase is solely for the applicant(s) to live in as their main residence and the applicant is:

  • Purchasing from an immediate family member* at a discounted price (minimum of 10% discount is required) and the vendor must move out on completion

OR

  • A sitting tenant purchasing from their landlord (private or council) at a discounted price (excluding Right to Buy)

NB: To qualify, the tenant must have been subject to a tenancy agreement on the property for a minimum of 1 year

* The only relationships permitted for a concessionary purchase are (including vice versa):

  • Parent/child
  • Siblings/sibling
  • Grandparent/grandchild.

All family purchase transactions must provide vacant possession (the vendor must be moving out) on completion. The discount on the purchase price must be a minimum of 10% of the market value and must be a genuine discount (must not be subject to any future repayment, clawback or retained interest terms)

A valuation must be instructed in all cases including properties in Scotland (retypes are not permitted).

Note: As the application results can differ on these cases once the correct purchase price has been keyed, you must contact The Halifax Intermediary Processing Team for all applications for Concessionary Purchase. This will ensure correct underwriting of the case has been carried out at the time of application.


 County court judgements (CCJs)

CCJs are generally taken into account in credit scoring however background details are required.


 Credit scoring

All applications will be credit scored. If we turn down an application, customers have a right to appeal. Whilst we’ll always reconsider carefully, without new information it is very unlikely that we will be able to change our decision.

Please refer to the Credit Scoring leaflet.


 Deposits

All customers must make a minimum personal deposit for the property relevant to their individual credit score, product or scheme. No element of this deposit should be represented by a personal loan.

Where evidence of deposit is requested, the following documents are acceptable:

Gift from family

You should obtain a letter written by the family member that meets all of the following requirements:

  • Addressed to Halifax
  • Dated within the last three months
  • Details the person/people gifting the deposit and the current name and address of the applicant(s), together with the property being purchased
  • Confirms the relationship between the person/people making the gift and the applicant(s). They must be a family member. See definition of family member below
  • Details the family member's full address and is signed
  • Confirms the amount of the deposit, that it isn't repayable and that the family member will hold no interest in the property following completion of the mortgage
  • The source of the deposit.

You should also provide a UK bank statement or UK passbook from the family member showing the deposit funds in their account. Alternatively, the family member may provide a letter from their UK bank confirming that the funds are available. Additional statements may be requested where required.

If any of the deposit is gifted, this should be chosen as the source of deposit when keying the application.

The definition of a family member is someone who is related to at least one of the applicants:

  • by birth/blood relative (for example an Aunty has to be via blood and not marriage)
  • by marriage or civil partnership (including step children, adopted children and in-laws)
  • as 'Common Law' partners or co-habitees.

Gifts from friends or employers are not acceptable.

Savings

You should obtain:

  • The latest three months' UK bank statements or a UK passbook covering the latest three months' transactions showing the applicant's name, account details (sort code and account number for bank statements or account number for passbooks) and company name, or the latest annual statement for longer term savings plans
  • The statements or passbook should be in the name of at least one of the applicants
  • The latest closing balance must cover the total deposit required
  • Any recent large or unusual deposit may require clarification to establish the source.

Forces Help to Buy (previously called Long Service Advance of pay)

Serving members of HM Forces may be able to raise capital for a deposit by means of a 'Forces Help to Buy' (FHTB) interest free loan which will be repaid by the customer through their pay.

This can be accepted as a deposit for a mortgage on a main residence or when using the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme and the repayment must be keyed as a commitment. FHTB cannot be used in conjunction with the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme.

The HTB mortgage guarantee scheme must not be selected where the customer is using the FHTB as a deposit.

FHTBs are repayable interest free over 10 years so to calculate the monthly payment, divide the amount borrowed under the FHTB scheme by 120.

Where the deposit is funded from FHTB, the deposit type should be keyed as savings. The applicant will not receive confirmation of the FHTB amount from HM Forces until they have received their mortgage offer, so there is no requirement to obtain evidence.

Concessionary - if the deposit is from equity (e.g. a reduced purchase price) the application should be treated as a concessionary purchase - refer to CONCESSIONARY PURCHASE FOR CRITERIA.

Vendor Deposits and Cashbacks (Non New Build Properties) - Vendor Gifted Deposits are an unacceptable source of deposit for any non new build property.

This does not impact buyers who are receiving gifted deposits to purchase New Build Properties or concessionary purchases.


 ExPats

We do not currently accept new business applications from ExPat residents.


 First Time Buyers (FTB)

To qualify for a FTB product, one applicant must not have previously had a mortgage or purchased a property (including bought for cash) either in the UK or abroad. In instances where an applicant has owned (such as inherited) but not previously bought a property they are classified as a FTB. For joint applicants, only one applicant needs to be a FTB to qualify for a FTB product.


 Interest only repayment methods

All loans arranged where the capital element is not included in the monthly payment, including those that are part capital and interest repayment, part interest only, must have a plan in place to repay the capital at the end of the term. This includes new loans, further advances and product transfers.

As a responsible lender, it is important for us to see evidence of the repayment plan for interest only mortgages so documents relating to the repayment plan must be received before a new mortgage offer can be considered.


 Lending limits

See below for variations to the limits set within this table

Lending limits

Up to £750,000

90%

£750,001 - £1,000,000

85%

£1,000,001 - £2,000,000

80%

£2,000,001 - £5,000,000

70%

Greater than £5,000,000

50%

  • The maximum loan on an interest only basis is 75%.
  • The maximum loan for standard new build 80% (this includes converted or refurbished properties where the vendor is a builder/developer and the property has been vacated to allow the refurbishment to be undertaken)
  • The maximum loan to value limits for a second home loan is 75%. A mix of interest only and repayment is allowed but the total borrowing must be less than 75% LTV.
  • For house purchase and remortgage where the total LTV is over 75% all borrowing must be on a repayment basis.
  • Customer taking out a loan above 75% at application stage cannot transfer from repayment to interest only, within the first 12 months of completion of the mortgage.
  • New build applications are subject to a limit of 75% LTV for interest only and 80% LTV for repayment.
  • Further advance applications are subject to a limit of 75% LTV for interest only and 85% LTV for repayment.
  • Additional borrowing applications will not be permitted within 6 months of completion of the original mortgage.
  • Additional borrowing is subject to a minimum loan of £10,000.
  • The repayment plan Sale of Mortgaged Property is limited to a maximum LTV of 50% on interest only.

 Max term

40 years at time of application


 Min/max age

  • Minimum age 18 years.
  • Maximum retirement, unless retirement income meets affordability rules.

The maximum age at the end of the mortgage term is 80 years for all lending.


 Mortgage arrears

Applications where previous mortgages have been in arrears will be considered on an individual basis


 Mortgage Free Property (Unencumbered Properties)

Loans on mortgage free properties are treated as purchases not remortgages and so must be keyed as 'Home Movers'. The customer is only eligible for the Home Mover range of products and not the remortgage products or incentives. Free legals are not available for these applications and there is no right to appeal the property valuation.

How to key

To ensure that loans on mortgage free properties are processed correctly, the case should be keyed as follows:

  1. Select 'Mortgage Free' in the dropdown list for Purchase type.
  2. Under Residential status select 'Homeowner - Mortgage Free'
  3. Enter the customer’s estimated valuation for Purchase Price.
  4. Enter Source of Deposit as 'Equity' from the dropdown list.

A valuation fee will be payable on these applications.

Note: The property must have been registered in the applicant’s name (or at least one of the applicants' names) for a minimum of six months.


 Number of applicants

  • Maximum of four applicants
  • Two incomes are taken into account for affordability.
  • Discretion can be used if third income is required.
  • For Bonus/Cash/Sale Of Mortgage Property repayment plans, only the income from the first two applicants will be used to determine the income qualifying criteria.

 Outstanding mortgage/non simultaneous sale

Simultaneous sale and purchase is the preferred route, but we recognise that this is not always possible.

Existing property is for sale but will not be sold before new mortgage completes - The existing mortgage payment must be keyed as a credit commitment and will be included in the affordability calculation.

Existing property to be rented out - The mortgage payment must be keyed as a credit commitment (the mortgage type for the commitment needs to by keyed as ‘Buy to Let’). The rent received should be keyed as 'Rental Income (if rental property)’.

Other Buy-to-Let mortgaged properties owned - The mortgages must be keyed as individual credit commitments and the total rent received keyed as 'Rental Income (if rental property).


 Remortgage

  • You must ensure your customer(s) have owned their property for at least six months before submitting a re-mortgage application.
  • Maximum LTV for remortgages without additional borrowing is 90%. For remortgages with additional borrowing or capital raising the maximum LTV is 85% (subject to product availability or unless stated otherwise).

 Repayment plans

The table below shows the repayment plans we accept and the evidence required in each case. It also shows the methods we use to assess whether a repayment plan meets our lending criteria. This information is only a guide. A mortgage offer will only be issued once we have confirmed that the evidence supplied meets our criteria.

Repayment plan

Evidence required

Assessment method

Endowment (UK)

Both with profits and unitised plans.

Copy of latest projection statement dated within last 12 months.

Endowment companies will present three growth rates to a customer with the middle one (for example 6%) being the most likely projected outcome. We allow up to 100% of projected amount using the middle % figure.

Stocks and Shares ISA (UK)

Only UK based investments quoted within the FTSE index held in sterling are acceptable

Unit trusts / Open Ended Investment Companies (UK)
Investment Bonds (UK)

Copy of latest statement dated within last 12 months.

We will compare the value of the ISA/OEIC/Investment Bond with the amount of interest only lending required, taking into account the remaining term of the mortgage and future market volatility.
The valuation we will assign to the investment is 80% of the current value which must be greater than £50000. The total can be made up of a combination of Stocks and Shares ISA, Unit Trusts, Investment Bonds and Stocks and Shares.

Stocks and Shares (UK)

Only UK based investments quoted within the FTSE index held in sterling are acceptable

Copy of share certificates, nominee account statement or confirmation from a recognised stock broker containing evidence of share holdings together with their valuation.

See Stocks and Shares ISA.

Pension (UK)

Copy of latest pension statement dated within the last 12 months.

The pension must have a minimum projected total fund value of £400,000 of which a maximum 15% of this amount will be used to support Interest Only lending. Where a projected total fund value does not show on the pension statement e.g. on a final salary pension if the projected lump sum is at least £100,000 up to 60% of a projected lump sum value can be used. Where a statement gives a range of projected values the middle of three figures or the lower of two would be used. Pensions cannot be combined to reach the £400,000 or £100,000 levels.

Note – pension contributions should be collected under ‘Total monthly payment towards Investment Vehicles’ and will be used within affordability calculations. It is important the customer understands the need to maintain the pension contributions. Lending Into Retirement - the term of any Interest Only lending must not exceed the lower of the Anticipated Retirement Age or Maximum Working Age where Pension is being used as a Repayment Plan. The term can run up to 364 days past the lower of the ARA / MWA.

Sale of other residential property (UK)

Due to valuation and verification requirements this is restricted to properties within the UK.

Completed interest only - other residential property form and, if the mortgage lender is outside Lloyds Banking Group, a copy of the latest mortgage statement dated within last 12 months.

We will check the ownership of the other residential property and assess its value (Ownership of the other residential property must be in the same name as the applicants). We will compare the equity available in the property with the amount of interest only lending required. Current equity within the property must be over £50,000. We will use 80% of the current equity value of the property to support interest only lending. Please note that there is a minimum greater than £50,000 equity requirement for each individual property being used to support Interest Only lending.

Sale of other Residential Property (not yet purchased) (UK)

Due to valuation and verification requirements this is restricted to properties within the UK.

Property details, Acting Solicitor to confirm intended ownership of the second property, details of any loans to be secured against this property (Property valuation and land registry search carried out by us if needed).

We will confirm the intended ownership of the second property prior to offer on the new mortgage / further advance. Current equity within the property must be over £50,000. We will use 80% of the current equity value of the property to support Interest Only lending. Please note that there is a minimum greater than £50,000 equity requirement for each individual property being used to support Interest Only lending.

Bonus

There is a minimum income requirement for this repayment plan to be available:
Sole applicant with an income of £100,000 or more. Joint applicants where one applicant has an income of £100,000 or more.
Joint applicants where the combined income of both applicants is £150,000 or more e.g. this could be £80K and £70K, therefore no applicant has an income of £100,000 or more but together their income is £150,000 or more.
The income requirement is calculated on the total of Basic, Overtime, Bonus and Commission for employed applicants or the latest year’s income for self-employed customers.

If received monthly the latest 3 payslips. If received quarterly, the latest 4 bonus payslips.

If received half yearly then previous 2 payslips showing bonus payment. If received annually then previous 2 years payslips showing bonus payment. An average value should be calculated and used. Bonus slip must show applicant & employer name, pay date and gross bonus amount.

An annual bonus figure is calculated from the payslips provided as evidence. Where bonus is paid annually the average of the bonus received in the last 2 years is used. 30% of this bonus figure is then multiplied by the term of the mortgage required for the amount of Interest Only lending available. There is an expectation that the customer will make periodic lump sum repayments to reduce the amount outstanding during their Interest Only mortgage and it is important the customer understands this, however Early Repayment Charges would apply as normal where any overpayment concession is exceeded.

Note – where any Bonus is to be used as a repayment plan no bonus income earned by any customer will be used in the affordability assessment.

Lending Into Retirement - the term of any Interest Only lending must not exceed the lower of the Anticipated Retirement Age or Maximum Working Age where Bonus is being used as a Repayment Plan.

The term can run up to 364 days past the lower of the ARA / MWA.

Cash

There is a minimum income requirement for this repayment plan to be available:
Sole applicant with an income of £100,000 or more. Joint applicants where one applicant has an income of £100,000 or more.
Joint applicants where the combined income of both applicants is £150,000 or more e.g. this could be £80K and £70K, therefore no applicant has an income of £100,000 or more but together their income is £150,000 or more.
The income requirement is calculated on the total of Basic, Overtime, Bonus and Commission for employed applicants or the latest year’s income for self-employed customers.

Copy of statement dated within last month and a previous statement showing Cash amount held for a minimum of 3 consecutive months.

If a minimum £50,000 has been held in a savings or current account (£ sterling) for a minimum 3 consecutive months 100% of the current cash balance can be used to support Interest Only lending. If the statements show a fluctuating cash balance then the lowest balance will be used.

Note – if savings are also being used as source of deposit then evidence of an amount sufficient for both the repayment plan and deposit must be provided Lending Into Retirement – the term of any Interest Only lending must not exceed the Maximum Working Age where Cash is being used as a Repayment Plan.

Sale of Mortgaged Property

There is a minimum income requirement for this repayment plan to be available:
Sole applicant with an income of £100,000 or more. Joint applicants where one applicant has an income of £100,000 or more.
Joint applicants where the combined income of both applicants is £150,000 or more e.g. this could be £80K and £70K, therefore no applicant has an income of £100,000 or more but together their income is £150,000 or more.
The income requirement is calculated on the total of Basic, Overtime, Bonus and Commission for employed applicants or the latest year’s income for self-employed customers.

No additional requirements.

The equity amount available in the property being mortgaged can be used to support Interest Only lending. This will be calculated using the valuation/property assessment carried out as part of the application and any existing or new additional borrowing elsewhere to be secured against the property must be declared and will reduce the equity amount available. If the property is to be a main residence there must be a minimum equity amount available of £200,000 and the maximum Loan To Value (LTV) that can be on Interest Only is 50%; this means any borrowing above 50% LTV must be on a Capital & Interest Repayment basis up to the normal maximum lending where any element is Interest Only of 75% LTV. The term on any Capital & Interest Repayment element cannot exceed the term on Interest Only. If the property is on the ‘second home’ scheme the £200,000 minimum equity requirement does not apply and a maximum LTV of 75% can be on Interest Only.
Note - It is important the customer understands the requirement to sell their property at the end of the term to repay the Interest Only loan amount Lending Into Retirement – the term of any Interest Only lending must not exceed the Maximum Working Age where Sale of Mortgage Property is being used as a Repayment Plan (except where property is ‘second home’ where a longer term may be considered).

Important points on the assessment:

  • We are not providing advice on your customer’s repayment plan(s) or making any guarantee that their plan(s) will be sufficient to repay the outstanding balance (capital) at the end of the mortgage term.
  • Your customer should review their plan(s) regularly during the term of their mortgage to make sure it is on track to repay the outstanding balance.
  • Periodically, we will ask your customer to provide evidence of their repayment plan(s). If your customer is unable to satisfy us that their repayment plan(s) remains on track to repay the outstanding balance on their mortgage, we may ask your customer to transfer some or all of their mortgage onto a capital and interest repayment basis.
  • Please remember it is your customer's responsibility to ensure they have sufficient funds to repay their outstanding balance at the end of the mortgage term. If they are unable to do so, their home may be repossessed to repay the outstanding balance.

Important points on repayment plans:

  • Repayment plans CANNOT be accepted if they include the name of anyone NOT named on the mortgage.
  • Your customer can use more than one repayment plan to cover their total interest only amount. In this case, please send the relevant evidence for all repayment plans.
  • The following are NOT acceptable repayment plans:
    • Sale of other commercial property.
    • Sale of non property assets.
    • Inheritance.
  • Maturity dates will be requested for each applicable repayment plan

Only repayment vehicles for those customers intending to live at the mortgaged property may be used to support the loan. E.G. if a parent is named on the mortgage to help with affordability then a property in the parents name cannot be accepted as a repayment vehicle.


Property 

 Japanese Knotweed

We will lend subject to the valuer confirming the property is suitable mortgage security and providing a present condition valuation figure. To assess the property the valuer will require a report outlining the issues and a quote from a treatment company who must either be a member of the Property Care Association or be able to offer a warranty backed treatment plan. If treatment is advised and where possible, then this is often over 3-4 years.


 Condition

The property must meet minimum criteria. Must be habitable, readily saleable, structurally sound and be able to have buildings insurance arranged upon it. The mortgage advance may be wholly or partially retained pending completion of works required to bring the property to a suitable condition for lending.


 Construction

Property acceptability is based on a satisfactory valuation report from the bank's appointed valuer. Non-standard construction will be assessed on individual merit. Certain types of pre-cast reinforced concrete (PRC) construction are designated defective and may not be acceptable unless repaired.


 Distressed sale and leaseback

Applications that involve a distressed sale or a sale and leaseback are not acceptable.


 New build

An initial occupancy/new build property is classed as any property being occupied and/or sold for the first time on the open market in its current state and includes converted and refurbished properties. These will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Newly built property.
  • Refurbished property i.e. refurbishment of an existing residential property, typically a re-furbished property will be considered as initial occupancy where the vendor is a builder/developer and the property has been vacated to allow for the refurbishment to be undertaken.
  • Newly converted property i.e. conversion of an existing non residential property, e.g. an existing mill converted into flats.
  • A property, either new or converted (as above), that has been tenanted and is now offered for sale by the builder/developer.
  • Property must be subject to one of the following building control and monitoring requirements:
    • Building Standards Indemnity Scheme from a warranty provider accepted by Lloyds Banking Group (see below for acceptable warranty providers)
    • Professional consultant where small, solely residential development of no more than 15 units – consultant must meet qualifying criteria
    • An acceptable guarantee from a development corporation or local authority where they are the vendor.
  • A final inspection is required to confirm completion of the new property unless covered by an acceptable new build warranty provider.
  • Barn conversions / converted properties are subject to a full retention pending completion of works and subject to new build criteria.

Maximum LTV on new build properties (houses and flats) is 80% (75% if the scheme type is a second home loan or buy to let).

Builder cash incentives include but are not limited to deposit contributions, cash-backs, contribution to legal fees/stamp duty, mortgage subsidies.

Builder cash incentives will typically be acceptable provided the value of these does not exceed 5% of the lower of purchase price/valuation. Cash incentives in excess of this amount may result in a reduction in the maximum loan available. All builder cash incentives must be declared at the point of sale.

Cash incentives for shared equity applications are acceptable provided the total value of the loan plus incentive together does not exceed 95% of the value of the equity share being purchased.

All lending decisions are based on valuation or purchase price (whichever is lower).

Acceptable Warranty Providers

  • NHBC
  • Premier Guarantee - includes the LABC New Homes Warranty and LABC Hallmark Scheme
  • Building LifePlans Ltd (BLP)
  • CRL Management Limited - previously known as Construction Register Limited (CRL)
  • Buildzone
  • Checkmate
  • Advantage HCI
  • Global Home Warranties
  • International Construction Warranties (ICW)
  • Protek
  • Q Assure Build
  • Aedis

Where an acceptable warranty provider is not shown on the drop-down list in the Halifax Intermediaries online system, ‘Other’ should be selected.


 Retirement home plan (RHP) / Lifetime

Customers should contact Halifax on 0345 727 3747 in the first instance where they will be provided with details of how to progress their requirements.


 Revised property details

If the purchase property address changes once a mortgage application has been made, and the customer’s original mortgage product has been withdrawn, a new product from the current range must be selected.

If the property being purchased is not changing but an amendment is required to the address keyed e.g. property number or street name this must be amended by us prior to completion. You should contact us to make this change.


 Right to buy

Loans may be accepted up to 100% of the discounted purchase price, provided that they do not exceed Halifax lending limits based on valuation.

Home improvements allowed - for funds to be released we require sight of invoices, alternatively a retention will be made at completion; funds will then be released on production of invoices.


 Second Home Loan

Lets your customer apply for a mortgage on a property to be used primarily as a holiday or second home

  • We will allow 1 residential plus 3 ‘other” properties with LBG (across BTL and Second Home Loan)
  • We will consider a maximum portfolio value of £2m and a maximum LTV of 75%.
  • We will not accept Right to Buy, Guarantor applications or Builders Incentive Schemes.
  • Occasional letting is allowed up to a period of four months with special conditions placed on the mortgage. If the Second Home is for let for more than four months this will be treated as a Buy to Let.
  • Income must cover all mortgage commitments and the additional expense of running second home properties
  • Minimum applicant age of 18 years
  • Applications where a tenancy agreement is in place between applicant and family member cannot be accepted - The mortgage can be used where a family member will occupy the property provided there is not a formal tenancy agreement.

 Section 106 planning agreements / restrictive covenants

  • Intended to regulate development or proposed use of property
  • Range is varied but may include:
    • Limiting occupation to a certain category of occupant - local residents, first time buyers, specified age requirement, specified employment types
    • Restricting use of property - tied to agricultural use, restricting residential occupation to certain time limits, for example, 10 months of the year.
  • The impact on acceptability depends upon the impact of the restriction. There may be a strong local demand for the property from qualifying purchasers.
  • Broadly restrictions that mean a property must be used for agricultural use will be unacceptable.
  • The valuer will determine the impact on the suitability of the property for lending and the conveyancer will determine whether the purchaser / owner complies with the obligation, advising the bank if any issues that may impact the lending.
  • Where the restriction limits the time a property can be occupied this will only be acceptable for holiday homes / second home loans and subject to the valuer confirming the property is suitable for lending.

 Self build

Additional documentation required

  • Schedule and cost of works to be provided by the supervising consultant/builder. This should include confirmation that any abnormal costs associated with the site and a contingency of not less than 10% has been factored into the costs.
  • Full planning consent, planning authority approved plans and a plan outlining the boundaries of the proposed security and access to and from the development to the highway.
  • Confirmation that appropriate insurance is in place during the construction of the property.

Additional self build criteria

All full applications will be referred to an underwriter for review.

Customers can only have one pending Self Build application with Lloyds Banking Group.

Product transfers, term and repayment type changes and Transfer of Mortgaged Property changes will not be allowed until the property build is complete.

Customers can apply for a Self Build mortgage on Interest Only where a suitable repayment vehicle is in place.

Existing Halifax customers cannot port their existing mortgage product on to a self build mortgage.

Product fees can be added to the loan amount.

LTV/Loan size

Loan to Value – Maximum of 75% of the final value of the property and the loan must not exceed the combined costs to buy the land and build the property.

Loan Size – up to £1million (£300,000 for first time buyers).

Stage payments – Funds can be released in a maximum of 5 installments. We usually release the money at the end of the following 5 stages:

  • Land Purchase
  • Footings and Foundations
  • Construction of the walls (Wall Plate Level)
  • Roofed In
  • Internal/Final Completion

The initial advance can be up to a maximum of 75% of the current value. Where funds are being released for land purchase it must also not exceed 75% of the price of the land paid by the applicant. Where all the land has been gifted the first installment will not be released until footings and foundations stage has been reached.

When the construction reaches the appropriate stages, further releases up to 75% of the current value, less the total amount already released, can be considered. However, for the penultimate stage release, at least 10% of the total loan will be retained, as a final release, until the property is complete and we are in satisfactory receipt of the final completion certificate, irrespective of the ability to release more based on the interim value.

Security

Properties must be for main residential use only. Second properties, holiday homes or properties which will be let are not acceptable.

We only accept Detached Properties.

Refurbishments and conversions will not be accepted.

No usage or occupancy restrictions are permitted.

We will not accept situations where the land is being or has been separated from either:

  • Surrounding/adjoining land which is in the ownership of the applicant or their family
  • A commercial venture owned by the applicant or their family

No remortgages of properties already under construction.

No applications for properties under construction where the applicant is not the original owner.

Applications may be considered where the customer is acquiring land with an existing property already in situ which is being demolished to make way for a new property. Where this occurs, the supervising consultant/developer must reflect any clearance and/or abnormal costs associated with the demolition within the schedule of work and costs provided.

Where the customer is the original owner and has commenced the build, this may be considered provided the build is not further than footings/foundations level.

The building project must be managed by either a builder or an independent supervising consultant and they must meet our building control and monitoring requirements i.e an acceptable Buildings Standards Indemnity Scheme or meet the requirements for the self build to be 'Consultant Monitored'.

Conveyancer

For self build we will appoint our own conveyancer to act on behalf of the Bank and the customer will appoint a conveyancer to act on their behalf. This provides a higher level of security for both us and our customer for more complicated mortgage advances.

There are three firms of conveyancers who have been appointed to act for the Bank in these transactions and the appropriate conveyancer will be appointed based on property location:

  • England & Wales – Enact Conveyancing Fax 0344 244 3376
  • Scotland – Aberdein Considine Fax 01244 585043
  • Northern Ireland – Wilson Nesbitt Fax 028 912 78199

The following should be noted:

  • The customer will meet the cost of their conveyancer but we will meet the costs of the firm acting for the Bank.
  • The customer must provide details of their conveyancer and be made aware that any offer made will be issued to the Bank's conveyancer and the customer's conveyancer will be contacted directly by the Bank's appointed firm.
  • On the rare occasion that the customer chooses one of the firms of conveyancers who will also represent the Bank, the conveyancer will be able to act for both the customer and the Bank with the customer meeting the conveyancing costs of the whole transaction.
  • The customer's conveyancer should not exchange contracts until authorised by the Bank's conveyancer to do so.

 Shared equity (including Help To Buy)

Lets your customer buy a home by sharing the equity with a third party.

  • Halifax must have first charge. The seller secures their interest by way of a second charge.
  • We will consider lending up to 95% of the value of the purchase price.
  • The maximum equity share a builder or private company can retain is 25%.
  • Client must pay a 5% personal deposit (excluding any deposit provided by a builder or housing association).
  • We will apply an income multiple cap of four and a half times income on all affordable housing (shared equity and shared ownership) applications, including Help to Buy Equity Loans.
  • The mortgage must be on a repayment basis. We do not allow any remortgage applications, where there is any element of debt consolidation.
  • The term of the mortgage must be shorter than or equal to the equity loan term.

Application processing

If the customer is required to make interest payments to the subsequent charge holder for the equity providers retained share, this must be calculated and taken into account in affordability calculation regardless of when the interest charge becomes payable.

The amount of interest charged should be keyed as 3% from the start of the mortgage unless the actual rate is higher, in which case the actual rate should be used. If customer does not pay any interest, then a rate of 0% should be used.

The figure calculated must be entered in ‘Monthly Interest Payment’ field.


 Shared ownership

Shared ownership allows a customer to buy a home in stages. The customer purchases a property jointly with either a Housing Association (HA), also known as a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) or a Local Authority (LA).

The customer will own a percentage of the property, with the remaining percentage being owned by the Housing Association/Local Authority. The terms of this arrangement is set out in a shared ownership lease.

When a customer applies for a mortgage to buy a shared ownership property we are only lending on a specific percentage of the property value which means the customer will own a share of the property and pay rent to the Housing Association/Local Authority for the remaining share. Some shared ownership schemes may be aimed at members of the public such as key workers.

Maximum 90% of share, subject to mortgage protection clause or section 442 agreement; maximum 75% if no clause/agreement. Minimum share - 25%. Conveyancer to confirm acceptability. Verbal confirmation is required from Housing Association confirming if mortgage protection clause in lease.

We will apply an income multiple cap of four and a half times income on all affordable housing (shared equity and shared ownership) applications.

The mortgage must be conducted on a full repayment basis.


 Sub sales and back-to-back transactions

Sub-sales and back-to-back transactions are not acceptable.

A sub-sale occurs when a property is bought and then sold on within six months, i.e. the borrower is buying the property from someone who has themselves bought the property less than six months before. The date of registration at the Land Registry is how we determine the length of ownership.

This means that the current vendor must have owned the property for at least six months before we can accept an application to purchase that property, unless the property has been inherited.

A back-to-back transaction is a type of sub-sale where the intervening seller buys from the original seller and sells on to the borrower on the same day or within a few days. We also regard as sub-sales, cases where the seller acquires the freehold (or superior leasehold) title to the property, which they then immediately sell on to the borrower by the grant to them of a lease (or sub-lease).

The following cases are exceptions where it is acceptable for the property to be sold on within six months of acquisition by the seller.

Where sales are by:

  • A personal representative of the registered proprietor; or
  • An institutional mortgagee exercising its power of sale; or
  • A receiver, trustee-in-bankruptcy or liquidator; or
  • A developer or builder selling a property acquired under a part-exchange scheme.

We will also accept Inherited properties where the applicant is a beneficiary but has not owned the property for 6 months. The conveyancer will be responsible for ensuring the application meets the acceptable criteria.

Applications which involve assignable contracts or irrevocable powers of attorney in favour of intervening sellers are not acceptable. Any other structure to the transaction which has a similar effect should be reported to us.


 Tenure

  • We do not lend on freehold flats unless freehold reversion / Tyneside arrangements apply and there are no more than four flats in the building. In addition we accept Coach house freehold flats where the garages underneath are subject to a long lease.
  • For leasehold property there must be a minimum of 70 years remaining on the lease at application. Shorter lease terms are only accepted on certain central London estates and subject to specific criteria.
  • Commonhold property is not accepted.

 Type of property

Each application will be assessed on its own merits although there are some property types which are specifically excluded.

Further advice can be found here.


 Unacceptable Construction Types

Timber or metal framed buildings where the cavity, between frame & cladding, has been retrospectively filled with an insulation material

Concrete walls as built in Cornwall or Devon before 1950 (1960 for postcodes PL12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 22 & 23) where valuer has recommended a Mundic report and test of the concrete has classified the concrete in either class B or C

Unrepaired, designated defective properties under the Housing Act 1985, Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 are not acceptable.

Flats or maisonettes of large panel system type unless acceptable structural appraisal on the whole block.

Load bearing panels of asbestos or gypsum plaster construction

Properties which are structurally unsound & Properties which are uninsurable.


 Use of property

  • Property must be assessed as an individual residential property intended for owner occupation.
  • Farms or property with land that is subject to commercial agricultural use, Commercial property and Timeshare are not acceptable.
  • Limited incidental business use may be acceptable subject to property retaining residential status.
  • Live / work schemes may be acceptable on mainstream lending only subject to compliance with planning condition and ‘work’ element using less than 40% of the property.

 Valuation

The minimum valuation amount for all lending is £40,000.


Existing customer 

 Arrears

Where the mortgage has been at least one month in arrears within the last 3 months, a further advance application cannot be accepted.

The customer should be advised to bring their account up to date and be ‘arrears free' for at least 3 months before re-applying.

This rule also applies to any standalone product transfers that you may wish to process, however, you can process the product transfer as soon as the account is up to date with no requirement to wait 3 months.


 Bank of England rate changes

Tracker rates are linked to the Bank of England bank rate. This is announced from time to time by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). If the MPC decides to change the bank rate, we will change the tracker rate in line with it. This will be within 30 days of the publication of the minutes of the MPC meeting at which the decision to change the bank rate was made.

At the end of the tracker rate period the tracker rate mortgage will cease to be a tracker rate mortgage and we will charge your client interest at:

  • Halifax Homeowner Variable Rate - for mortgages applied for after 4th January 2011.
  • Halifax Standard Variable Rate - for mortgages applied for before 4th January 2011.

Unless we write to tell them that we are prepared to allow the mortgage to remain a tracker rate mortgage.

All variable rates are stated at their current levels and are subject to change.


 Consent to lease

The intermediary should establish, preferably prior to keying the application for further advance and product transfer, whether the property on the account is the customer's main residence.

If the customer now resides in the property, then the application can proceed as normal.

If the customer is still letting the property, due to our policy rules, the request cannot be processed unless the customer is a HM forces employee - regardless of whether the HM forces employee is still letting the property or not.

An application for consent to lease can be considered for armed forces personnel on their intended main residence even where it is known that immediately following completion, the property is to be let.

A consent to lease would not normally be considered until the mortgage has been in place for six months but armed forces personnel are exempt from this rule.


 Early repayment charges

Some of our products have early repayment charges attached to them. An early repayment charge will apply if your client takes a product transfer or repays some or all of their mortgage during the early repayment charge period.

If your customer chooses a mortgage product with early repayment charges, as a concession, in any calendar year, they may repay up to 10% of the amount outstanding on their product, without having to pay an early repayment charge. We reserve the right to change or withdraw this concession at any time.

On a porting or product transfer application any Early Repayment Charge which may apply on your customer’s current mortgage product will be waived if the product has 3 months or less to run.

The ERC will apply where the product has more than three months to run.


 Further Advance reasons

The list of acceptable reasons are as follows.

  • Consumer goods
  • Debt consolidation.
  • Gift to relative.
  • Home improvements (shared ownership included).
  • Investment purpose (restriction - not for currency speculation or the purchase of stocks and shares).
  • Purchase freehold - (conveyancer required).
  • Purchase additional land adjacent to property (conveyancer required).
  • Purchase extension to lease - (conveyancer required).
  • Purchase additional share (shared ownership).
  • Repay subsequent charge.

 Overpayment and payment holidays

Overpayments

Lump sum or regular overpayments can be made at any time. If early repayment charges apply to the product, refer to early repayment charges for more details.

Payment holidays

Payment holidays can be requested providing the account is no more than one month in arrears and is at least three months old and:

  • No payment arrangements have been made in the last six months.
  • The total outstanding debt does not exceed the maximum lending limit for the type of loan.
  • No second mortgage or subsequent charge has been registered from another lender.
  • Your customer is not currently claiming on mortgage repayments insurance policies.
  • Where your customer already has a Halifax homeowner loan secured on the property, the projected mortgage debt plus the amount due under the homeowner loan is no more than 75% of our indexed valuation of the property.

Payment holidays only apply to the monthly mortgage payment. Interest is charged during a payment holiday. Insurance, life assurance and mortgage repayments insurance must continue to be paid. At the end of the payment holiday a new monthly payment will be calculated on the total mortgage debt including the suspended payments.


 Portability

If a product is portable this is outlined in the original mortgage offer and supporting documentation.

A product cannot be ported onto a property that is already owned by the applicant. The new application must be for purchasing a property and not a remortgage or application for capital raising on a unencumbered property.

To port a product the new mortgage application must be received before the current mortgage is redeemed.

Where Halifax Standard Variable Rate is the reversionary rate which applies to the product being ported, it will continue to be the reversionary rate for the amount of the new mortgage which is on the ported product.

Any extra amount borrowed on the new mortgage must be on a current product and the reversionary rate which applies to that product and the amount on it will be Halifax Homeowner Variable Rate.

Flexible products, BTL products and reversionary rates are not portable.


 Product Transfer Timescales

Product Transfers can be submitted at any time in the month but the earliest date on which the Product Transfer could take effect will depend on when in the month the request is received.

The earliest a Product Transfer can take effect is the 1st of the following month as long as the request and documentation is received by the end of the month.

If a Product Transfer request is received after then end of the month this cannot be completed until the following month so the earliest the Product Transfer would take effect is the 1st of the month after next.


 Regulation

If an existing mortgage is already FCA Regulated then it will stay FCA regulated regardless of a further advance or product transfer.

If, however, a mortgage is non-FCA regulated and a further advance is required, to give the client the regulatory protection for the entire mortgage, the existing debt is refinanced to make the whole mortgage FCA Regulated.

Please note that a standalone product transfer would not make the mortgage regulated.


 Subsequent charges (SCG)

If a SCG is present your local processing centre will contact you if there is a problem with the SCG type or problems in obtaining a Letter of Postponement (LOP).

If any of the following SCG reasons are present the further advance cannot proceed:

  • Bankruptcy inhibition.
  • Bankruptcy order.
  • Creditors notice.
  • Drug trafficking offence.
  • Receiving order.
  • Sequestration.

If the SCG is registered to a non-clearing bank and is to be repaid, a conveyancer must be instructed.

If the client does not intend to repay the SCG using the further advance and will therefore continue after completion, Halifax will request a Letter of Postponement (LOP) from the SCG lending company. If the LOP is not granted the further advance cannot proceed. It is not unusual for the SCG lending company to refuse to grant an LOP.


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