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Buy 2 Let Lending Picks Up

“Aldermore appear to be offering reasonable Buy to Let mortgage solutions to existing investors” Alison O’Connor

Article: The Residential Landlord Association


A gradual improvement in the availability of buy-to-let financing is being seen.

New bank Aldermore has increased the maximum number of properties it will accept on residential buy-to-let mortgage applications from two to three, subject to a total exposure of £1m.

Applicants must own at least one existing buy-to-let property.

Aldermore works with clients to assess affordability, and rental coverage should be 125% at the product pay rate or reversion rate, whichever is higher.

Aldermore has been making waves amongst the financial community because, although it has a traditional approach to underwriting and does not rely on automated processes, it will consider applications from borrowers turned away by other lenders.

Meanwhile, Skipton Building Society has made a cautious return to the buy-to-let market after a two-year break. It is offering two- and three-year fixed rate mortgages at 60% LTV.

There is an application fee of £245, and a completion fee of £1,250 which can be added to the loan.

Also, Whiteaway Laidlaw Bank is launching a commercial lending arm offering loans for property investors.

WLB, which has had a banking licence since 1971, used to be part of the Manchester Building Society but is now owned by Royal Bank of Scotland.