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Bridging Loan with an Adverse Credit

Bridging loan eligibility tends to be a little more flexible than mortgages – but are you eligible for the bridging loan you need if you have a history of bad credit?

Almas Uddin
Almas Uddin

Founder and Mortgage Advisor

Almas Uddin2023-05-09
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How To Get a bridging loan with an adverse credit score?

Secure bridging finance is a flexible short-term borrowing option. It is usually available in most bad credit situations, provided you have a stable way to repay the loan, called your exit strategy.

In this guide, our mortgage advisors team explains how credit reports impact your ability to get a bridging loan and what criteria lenders will consider.

For tailored assistance with your bad credit bridging loan application, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or email the team at [email protected].

What Bad Credit Issues are Acceptable for a Bridge Loan Application?

The essential factor to remember with a bridging loan is that it is only short-term, and the interest rates are higher than on a mortgage. You usually only pay interest during the term and need an exit strategy to demonstrate how you will pay back the borrowing.

Therefore, bad credit is less of an issue, provided you have a robust repayment plan.

For example, if you plan to remortgage, you might need an agreement in principle since the lender can't be sure whether you will be approved for the mortgage given your bad credit history.

However, if you sell the property or have another viable solution, a bridging lender is more likely to accept your application.

There are bridging loan options available in most bad credit scenarios, from having no credit history through to having repossessions or bankruptcy on your credit report. A lot depends on when the issues occurred, how much money was involved, and how long you have kept your financial affairs in order.

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Do I Have to Have a Credit Check to Get a Bridging Loan?

Yes, you do. Just as with a mortgage, a lender must run a credit check before lending you the cash. However, bridge lenders take a different approach.

Most high street mortgage providers will consider your credit score and decide whether to lend on that basis. Bridge lenders are more likely to consider the merit of your application on a case-by-case basis.

That said, having a clean credit history will make your application more attractive, and you will likely be offered more favourable interest rates.

Lenders will also consider:

  • The strength of your exit strategy
  • What property you wish to buy
  • Your business plan if you are applying for a commercial bridge loan
  • How experienced you are in developments if the bridge is for a renovation project
  • What deposit you have available

How Important is my Bridging Loan Exit Strategy if I Have Bad Credit?

The exit strategy is of paramount importance for any bridge loan application, and even more so if you have bad credit.

Lenders need to know how you will pay back the borrowing after the shorter term, and so if you are reliant on being approved for a further loan, they are unlikely to help.

Some exit strategies are widely accepted, and others are more unusual and will require further inspection.

For example, using inheritance, endowment, or investment is non-standard and will require an independent broker to negotiate terms to demonstrate that the exit strategy is sound.

What are the Other Criteria for a Bad Credit Bridging Loan?

As well as your credit file and your exit strategy, bridging loan lenders will look at:

  • The property's security - either in the one you are buying or in an existing property or another asset. If you can show that you would be easily able to cover the loan's cost by selling that asset and offer security against it, the lender will be more likely to approve the loan.
  • Development experience - many bridge loans are taken out to invest in development or auction property requiring renovation. In this situation, the lender will be happier to approve the bridge if you have previous experience in similar projects.
  • Deposit - most bridging finance providers, need a deposit of 30% to 35% as a minimum. The higher deposit you can offer, the lower the lender's risk.

Is it Possible to Get a Second or Third Charge Bridge Loan in an Adverse Credit Situation?

Second charge bridge loans are already a higher risk than a first charge, and you will have a smaller pool of lenders to choose from if you also have credit problems.

This bridging loan is a specialist product, so you should consult an experienced bridging finance broker to have the best chances of approval.

Third charge loans are even less common and difficult to come by with bad credit.

Can I Get a Commercial Bad Credit Bridging Loan?

Businesses can have bad credit just as individuals can. So if you need a bridging loan in this situation, you will usually need to apply to a specialist bad credit lender with a broker to secure the terms.

You can also lower the risk by offering more security, a higher deposit, or personal guarantees from the business directors.

Are bad Credit Bridge Loans Available on any Property Types?

One of the most common reasons for applying for a bridge loan rather than a mortgage is that you can use it for any purpose.

Therefore, a bridge loan is available to buy an auction property or an uninhabitable property that wouldn’t be eligible or a mortgage.

However, those riskier properties are harder to secure a bridge loan against with bad credit, so whole-of-market advice is crucial.

Are There Bridge to Let Bad Credit Agreements?

Bridge to let is a type of loan used to purchase a buy to let property. Most bridging lenders will need to see an agreement in principle to approve this application or assess the merit of the mortgage application themselves if they offer both types of loans.

You can get a bridge to let in a bad credit situation, provided you meet the other lender's criteria.

What is a Non-Status Bridging Loan?

Non-status bridge loans are secured against a specific asset and usually carry high-interest rates. They are generally not recommended unless you have no other borrowing options since your costs will be high.

Can I Get a Bridging Loan if I Have Been Blacklisted?

Being blacklisted doesn't exist - just because one lender refuses your application doesn't mean another won't be happy to approve it.

You'll usually not be able to apply to the same lender with whom you have had defaults, for example, but a niche provider is a different story.

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