BTL approvals to be cut by 20% under new proposals

BTL approvals to be cut by 20% under new proposals

According to new PRA proposals published today, landlords with four or more properties in their portfolio should be subject to tougher underwriting standards, leading "to a decrease in the number of cumulative new approvals for buy-to-let mortgages by about 10-20% by Q3 2018".

The PRA review highlighted concerns about lenders’ growth plans and how they might meet them, finding that firms are "affecting their safety" by having relaxed underwriting standards.

To prevent a "marked loosening in buy-to-let underwriting standards and to curtail inappropriate lending and the potential for excessive credit losses", the PRA has proposed new rules and has suggested that lenders should pay attention to:

    Market expectations
    A minimum increase of 2% in buy-to-let mortgage interest rates
    Any Financial Policy Committee announcements around appropriate interest rate stress tests for buy-to-let

The report added that lenders should assume a minimum borrower interest rate of 5.5%, saying: “The proposals on affordability testing aim to improve the safety and soundness of PRA regulated firms by ensuring that they take full account of any potential interest rate rises in their buy-to-let underwriting assessment.

This will help curtail inappropriately risky and imprudent lending – loans that are affordable under the current low interest rates environment but will quickly become unaffordable if and when interest rates rise – and lower potential credit losses and repossession costs.

As a result, these proposals are also expected to help insulate the lenders, the financial sector and wider economy from the impact of negative shocks in the housing market.”


The PRA is also seeking to establish a standard definition of what constitutes a ‘Portfolio landlord’. Under this proposal, a landlord would be considered to be a Portfolio landlord where they have four or more mortgaged buy-to-let properties across all lenders in aggregate. Data gathered by the PRA shows that there is an increase in observed arrears rates of landlords with buy-to-let portfolios of four or more mortgaged properties.

The PRA is expecting that firms conducting lending to Portfolio landlords do so according to a specialist underwriting process that accounts for the complex nature of the borrower and their portfolio of properties.

As affordability constrains the value of the loan a firm can extend, the PRA is not proposing supervisory guidance with respect to specific LTV standards.

However, the PRA does expect firms to have "appropriate controls in place" to monitor, manage and mitigate the risks of higher LTV lending.

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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