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Our advice for applying for a UK mortgage with family members or friends, lender assessment policies, and the pros and cons of buying a home with additional owners.

Almas Uddin
Almas Uddin

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Friends or Family Members

Buying a property can be hard work, particularly if you live in a region with high property prices. Increasingly, buyers are clubbing together to buy a home with friends or family.

The more income you have to put on the application, the more you can borrow. Still, it's vital to seek independent advice to ensure you aren't paying over the odds and have expert guidance about the right type of mortgage product to choose.

Revolution Brokers has created this guide to summarise the options and how joint mortgages work.

For help with your borrowing requirements, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or drop an email to [email protected].

What Types of Joint Mortgage Can I Get With Friends?

There are two primary types of joint mortgage to be aware of - tenants in common and joint tenancy.

Most joint tenancies are couples, and both own the property equally. If one partner dies, the other inherits their share automatically.

Tenants in common each own a proportion of the property independently, and this doesn't have to be equally split if you have different amounts to invest.

In that situation, it's advisable to consider a Deed of Trust setting out each party's legal obligations and contributions.

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Can I Get a Joint Mortgage with a Friend with Bad Credit?

Possibly, but it depends on what sort of bad credit issues they have. Lenders will assess every individual on the mortgage application for any type of shared ownership agreement.

If one applicant has bad credit, that might mean that some lenders won't approve the application.

Remember that all applicants are liable for the loan, so if a friend or family member doesn't keep up with the repayments, you will be responsible for the debt, as well as your own contributions.

How Do Mortgages Work with Friends?

Most lenders allow up to two applicants to take out a mortgage together, although you can buy with three or four people by applying to the right mortgage provider.

In some cases, up to four people can apply, but the lender will only consider the two highest incomes in their affordability assessment.

All of the other criteria are relatively standard, so you will need to provide a deposit and budget for the costs of the solicitor's fees and Stamp Duty where applicable.

Who Can I Get a Joint Mortgage With?

There are no limits on who you choose to buy with. That could be siblings, friends, relatives or parents.

One factor to consider is that if you are buying with a parent, if they are nearing retirement age, you will need to consult a broker to ensure you apply to a lender who doesn't have maximum age caps in place.

How Much Can I Borrow on a House Purchase with Family Members?

Affordability assessments on family mortgages work just as with any other application. The lender will look at your combined income, debts and outgoings to work out whether they feel you can comfortably afford the mortgage repayments.

The standard is to offer up to 4.5 times your combined annual income. Some lenders will offer five or even six times, although these multiples are less common.

Can I Get Help From my Family to Qualify for a Mortgage?

Yes, there are lots of different ways to structure a mortgage.

  • Joint applicant, sole owner mortgages mean that a family member, often a parent, applies for the mortgage with you. Their income and credit report support your application, but they don't own the property and don't live there.
  • Gifted deposits from parents or close family members are usually sufficient; you might need to put something in writing to confirm where the deposit came from.
  • Family offset mortgages are another option, whereby a lender offsets cash savings held by a family member with the same bank, charging you interest just on the difference.
  • Guarantor mortgages are one of the most common ways to find a mortgage without a deposit. The guarantor guarantees you will pay the debt and becomes liable if you don't keep up with your repayments. Rates tend to be higher than on standard mortgages.

Can I Transfer a Mortgage to Myself from a Friend or Family Member?

Possibly yes, but the process can be complicated. You will need to prove that you can afford the repayments on your own. Lenders might not be willing to offer a fixed rate if you are remortgaging from an existing loan.

Can I Buy an Investment Property with Friends?

Indeed you can. Friends can invest in a rental property and take out a joint buy to let mortgage together.

Most lenders will accept applications from up to four partners, although the affordability assessment relies more on the anticipated rental income than it does on each applicant's earnings.

Professional Advice for Joint Mortgages with Family or Friends

There are many options for buying shared properties, and it is essential to know what the possibilities are and weigh up the pros and cons before proceeding with your application.

Call the mortgage advisors team today for whole-of-market, independent advice from an expert brokerage team on 0330 304 3040, or send us a message to [email protected].

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