If you are going to be applying for a mortgage in the not too distant future it's a good idea to get ahead and try to sort out the paper work you are likely to need, especially now that things like bank statements and bills are often online.
Whilst what you will need will depend on your circumstances and the lender in question, this checklist should give you a starting point.
Get a copy of your credit file from Check My File, which is going to show you your credit history with all 3 main credit agencies used by the lender. To do this, just simply click the following link:
- The score you get is purely an indicator; different lenders will interpret this differently
- Where possible you need to be registered on the Electoral Roll at your main address
- Your address history needs to be accurate
- Avoid overdrafts and definitely don’t take out payday loans - lenders don’t like them!; the more intact are your finances the more lenders are going to consider you
If you need to provide proof of ID or address to satisfy money laundering requirements it must be the original document, not a copy, and be current and valid.
- Driving License – must have your current address
- Council tax statement - latest one available (dated within the last 12 months)
- Utility Bills – dated within the last 3 months (gas, electricity, water)
- Bank statements – postal statements are acceptable; online PDF version is fine as long as they show your full name, address, full bank details and all the transactions in and out of your account
If you are buying a property, lenders will want to see where your deposit is coming from, whether it's from your savings or a gift.
- Savings will need to be evidenced with the bank statements and large lump sum transfers will have to be explained. Online statements can satisfy some lenders here but will need to be in acceptable format as above. Some online facilities don’t allow this so please check yours now.
- Gifted deposits will typically require a letter from the person giving you the money, but the format of this will vary depending on the lender. Giftor will need to be able to sign this when you apply for the mortgage.
- If you are raising the money on another property, it may make sense to start this process earlier to ensure you have the money available when you need it. We can also check and do calculations with you.
Income proof will also depend on which lender you decide to proceed with. However, it makes sense to have the following available or easily accessible:
- Latest 3 months payslips (online payslips are usually acceptable if they include your personal details on them)
- Latest 3 months payslips showing your additional income ie. Overtime, Bonus, Commission (the number of payslips will vary dependent of the lenders’ requirements)
- Latest 3 months bank statements (the account that your salary is paid into as well as satisfying the above requirements for bank statements
- Latest P60 (especially if you have bonus income)
- Last 2 or 3 years SA302s and Tax Year Overviews (if you are self-employed).
Lenders are extra vigilant these days to target mortgage fraud. Ask your solicitor if they can work with most lenders; make sure they are a reputable firm. By using our legal service, we can guarantee that the solicitor we recommend will be on the lenders panel that you are proceeding with. Please ask us to provide you with the estimated quote.
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Think carefully before securing debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other debt secured on it.
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