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Another key criteria enhancement

applications on properties higher than six storeys now accepted

Hodge is removing height restrictions from its lending criteria, meaning it will accept applications for mortgages on homes in England that are in privately built properties more than six storeys high.

The specialist lender has also confirmed it will be accepting applications for homes built by Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), subject to referral to its in-house surveyor and head of property risk.

Easing its criteria around height restrictions will help more people looking to purchase properties in big cities such as London, Manchester and Birmingham. A welcome enhancement as many lenders have been reluctant to lend in this space.

Applications must be within a development built by one of the 51 developers who have signed the ‘Developer Remediation Contract’ with the Government, or one of the four developers who have built schemes proven not to be affected by cladding issues, indemnifying leaseholders from cladding remediation.

Hodge has also invested in its in-house surveying team to assess and review some of the more unusual properties at the initial stages of the application. The team will support and review applications at the very beginning of the process, to help save our brokers’ time and hopefully give their customers a quick and easy answer at application.

Leading this in-house team is head of property risk, Jonathon Matthews, he said: “We understand many professionals getting their foot on the property ladder in some of the UK’s major cities will be looking at property in high rise buildings – and some lenders are reluctant to approve these because of the issues and liability around the cladding of these buildings.

“We’ve examined the market, looked at the contracts put in place by Government around those issues, and now, with our own property experts and surveyors at hand, feel we’re in the right place to lend on properties above the 6th floor. We hope these enhancements will give our intermediary partners the help and expertise they need to get quick lending decisions for their clients.”

If you have a case or any further questions, please find a BDM and give them a call. The team are happy to support anyway that they can.