Buy to Let

OneSavings Bank announces portfolio landlord changes

The specialist lending group, which includes the Kent Reliance and InterBay brands, will now require portfolio landlords to provide a business plan, assets and liabilities statement and cash flow statement in support of any mortgage application.

Details of the borrower’s wider buy to let portfolio will also need to be provided and assessed as part of the underwriting process.

Brokers will be able to submit borrower information via the new Buy to Let Hub, a dedicated submission platform developed in partnership with eTech. The platform will offer brokers a simple dashboard that streamlines portfolio stress testing and income coverage ratio assessment that will help to provide a rapid response to loan applications.

Portfolio landlords will be subject to an interest rate stress test of 5% on the rest of their portfolio and must meet or exceed an interest cover ratio of 125%.

Adrian Moloney, sales director at OneSavings Bank, said: “Brokers have had to move quickly to update their advice following a raft of tax and regulatory changes to the buy-to-let sector, and will need to do so again once the upcoming portfolio landlord changes land in October.

“There’s no doubt that greater scrutiny on loan affordability will be a good thing for the sustainability of the sector, but it will also mean more of an administrative burden.

“We’ve chosen to announce our criteria well ahead of the October deadline, to help brokers prepare for the changes in good time so they can feel confident when preparing clients to submit a portfolio application. Together with the new Buy to Let Hub, we’re doing all we can to transition brokers and their clients into the new landscape with the minimum of fuss.”

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