Buy to Let Market Update – June 2023
By Doug Hall, Director, 3mc
Welcome to ‘Buy-to-let market’, a column aimed at providing you with recent criteria and product updates within the buy-to-let lending markets. The information within this article is correct as at 08/06/2023.
Buy-to-let market update: –
BM Solutions – has improved and simplified its stress rates, removing the minimum £55k incomes stress test qualification, improving 5-year fixed rate minimum stress rates and improving like-for-like remortgage minimum stress rates. On like-for-like remortgages, BM Solutions reduced the stress rate on 2-year fixed rates to 5.50% or pay rate +1%, and on 5-year fixed rates to 5% or pay rate +1%.
For purchases, or where a remortgage includes capital raising, BM Solutions reduced the stress rate on 5-year fixed rates above 65% loan to value (LTV) to 5.50% or pay rate +1%. On applications where the LTV is less than 65%, this was reduced to 5% or pay rate +1%.
Accord Mortgages – has re-introduced 80% LTV buy-to-let mortgages. The lender has also lowered the interest coverage ratio (ICR) rates on its buy-to-let mortgages. For landlords remortgaging on a like-for-like basis, the ICR is now 6%, down from 6.5% or the product rate plus 1%, whichever is higher. This applies to products with fixed terms of 5 years or less. For longer product terms, the ICR is now 5.5% down from 6.5%, or the product rate plus 1%, whichever is higher.
For purchase or remortgage with capital raising, the ICR has dropped from 7.5% to 6.5%, or the product rate plus 2%, whichever is higher. This applies to fixed terms of 5 years or less. For products with initial terms of longer than 5 years, the ICR will reduce from 6.5% to 5.5% or the product rate plus 1%, whichever is higher.
The ICR for basic rate taxpayers will remain at 125%, and for higher rate taxpayers will continue to be 145%.
Paragon Bank – has introduced a selection of 2 and 5-year fixed rates to their portfolio and non-portfolio ranges. With a variety of fee options available, all the products benefit from a free mortgage valuation.
The Mortgage Works – has launched a new range of buy-to-let fixed rate products. 2-year fixed rates up to 65% LTV start from 4.49% for purchases and remortgages and have a 3% lender fee. 5-year fixed rates up to 55% LTV start from 4.94% for purchases and remortgages and have a 3% lender fee. The lender has returned to lending at 80% LTV on its buy-to-let, let-to-buy and limited company range of mortgages. 2-year fixed rates at 80% LTV will be available from 5.74% and 5-year fixes start from 5.94%, both with a 2% fee. All rates are available for purchase and remortgage with other rate/fee combinations also available. Limited company fixed rates start from 6.39% with a 2% product fee, available for purchase, remortgage and further advances.
The range of 80% LTV products will be available where a property has an EPC rating of C or above.
The lender has also simplified its affordability criteria, which it says will improve the position for the majority of applications received. For trackers, variable rates and fixes at 2 years or below, the stress rate will be the higher of pay rate +2% or 5.50%. For like-for-like remortgages and fixed rates at 5 years or over, the stress rate is the higher of pay rate or 4.50%.
For buy to let and let to buy, the ICR will be 130% at the lower tax rate and 165% at the higher tax rate. The ICR for HMOs and limited company HMOs is 175% and the ICR for limited company buy to let is 130%.
The lender has also reduced the background portfolio stress rate from 5.5% to 4.5%.
Santander for intermediaries – has reduced its buy-to-let affordability rates, with its standard affordability rate decreasing to 7.59% from 8.25%. Its 5-year fixed affordability rate has decreased to 6.09% from 7.25%. Its pound-for-pound remortgage affordability rate has gone down to 6.09% from 7.75%.
Vida Homeloans – has launched a 2-year fixed limited-edition mortgage as part of its new buy-to-let range. The limited-edition product is available at 75% LTV and has a rate of 5.19%. The lender completion fee is 3%. The lender will accept first-time landlords and limited company applications.
Aldermore Bank – has launched new buy-to-let options for new borrowers available at 75% LTV, either with a £1,999 fee, 1.5% fee or no fee. There are 2 and 5-year fixes, with rates beginning at 5.98% for a discounted product either for individual or limited company landlords.
The products also offer a free valuation.
For further information on buy-to-let mortgages both for individuals and limited companies please contact SAL Mortgages on 0131 450 7169 or visit the SAL website www.scottishlandlords.com
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Please note lenders have different minimum criteria requirements and not all landlords and property types will qualify for a specific product. The product rates are correct at the time of writing the article and are subject to change.
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