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How Many Mortgage Products Can I Have Simultaneously?

It is possible to have multiple mortgages, provided you can demonstrate that you can afford to keep up with the repayments.

Many investors or homeowners take out a second mortgage to buy a rental property, holiday home, or another residence for a family member to live in.

In this guide, the Revolution Brokers team explains how second mortgages work and what criteria a lender will assess in deciding whether to approve your application.

For more help with finding an additional mortgage, contact the Revolution team at 0330 304 3040, or email us at [email protected].

What Will a Mortgage Lender Check on a Second Mortgage Application?

Lenders will primarily need to look at your income and existing debt to ensure you can afford to repay your new mortgage alongside any existing products.

They will also assess:

  • Your credit file - each lender has different policies about minimum credit score requirements and typically will need to see a clean credit file or few serious issues to consider lending many mortgage products.
  • Their risk exposure - some mortgage providers have caps on how many loans one individual can have with them. That might mean you cannot take out a further mortgage with your existing provider but would be easily approved by another with whom you do not have any other debts.
  • The reason for the purchase - a lot depends on whether the property is a buy to let, but lenders also need to ensure there aren't any plans to buy a second home posing as a rental investment with the intent to live there.

Is There a Limit on How Many Buy to Let Mortgages I Can Have?

Not specifically, but some lenders will have a limit of one or two mortgages. Others have no caps at all, provided the rental income covers the payments.

Many lenders regard multiple buy to let mortgages in the same area as a higher risk. That is because were rental prices to drop in that area; it could instantly affect your ability to keep up with the repayments on each mortgage.

Lenders will need to see minimum rental income coverage to see that the income will comfortably cover the BTL mortgage interest.

That is usually 125% for lower tax bands and up to 150% if you are a higher-rate taxpayer.

For example - say you want to borrow £50,000 on a BTL mortgage; you might get a very different response from two different lenders:

  • Lender A requires rental income to cover 150% of the mortgage interest, calculated at 4%. They need to see a rental income of £250 per month to approve the mortgage, with the monthly interest costing £167.
  • Lender B applies a 6% nominal interest rate and needs to see a rental income of 125% of the monthly mortgage interest. They will approve the application as long as the monthly rent is £313 or more, against a monthly interest charge of £250.

As you can see, a lot depends on the lender's policies and the nominal interest rate they use in their affordability calculations.

Most landlords won't need to prove any other income streams to qualify. Still, new landlords can face additional requirements - in which case an independent broker can help identify the most suitable mortgage lenders to apply to.

Is There a Limit on How Many Homes I Can Own?

If you want to borrow a second mortgage, you will need to identify your primary residence and why you want to buy a second property.

Residential mortgages are cheaper than buy to let loans, so lenders need to be confident that the reason for the purchase is legitimate.

Most lenders will accept two residential mortgages if you want to buy a weekend property or family home.

However, suppose you already have a mortgage. In that case, the lender will need to know your income and the outgoings on all other debts to calculate whether you have sufficient expendable income to keep up with both repayments.

Can I Have Multiple Mortgages on the Same Property?

Yes, you can have a second or even third charge mortgage or home loan against the same property - but the lender will carefully assess your affordability, the LTV, and why you want to take out an additional mortgage.

You can also have multiple commercial mortgages. This scenario is typical for businesses that let out numerous commercial units or work from several different sites.

Commercial mortgages usually require a higher deposit of around 25% to 30%, and lenders will need to see that you can afford multiple mortgages.

Independent Advice on Multiple Mortgage Applications

If you'd like to buy a second property or take out an additional mortgage, there are many different products and lenders to choose from. The right option for you will very much depend on what you want to buy, for what purpose, and your circumstances.

Contact Revolution Brokers on 0330 304 3040 or email the team at [email protected] to run through the options and get your application started.

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