Buy-to-let mortgage criteria

The criteria for a buy-to-let mortgage with Halifax is as follows:

  • Deposit requirements: You will need a mortgage deposit of at least 30% of the property value
  • Portfolio size: Portfolio landlords cannot own more than 10 rental properties, including any they hold with Halifax
  • First-time buyers: Will need to be buying the propertly with at least one other person who already owns a property
  • Age: Must be aged over 21 and be no older than 80 during the mortgage term 
  • Property: Cannot be divided into multiple units, must be valued over £50,000 and has a minimum EPC rating of 'E' or above (unless exempt)
  • Rental income: Must cover the annual mortgage repayments by at least 125%

You can compare the lender's buy-to-let mortgage deals with their competitors for free and access expert advice from a broker through Teito.

Can you get a Halifax mortgage with bad credit?

Yes. Halifax offer bad credit mortgages to borrowers with specific types of adverse, such as defaults and missed payments. They also consider offering mortgages to customers with moderately severe credit issues, such as county court judgements (CCJs).

Very severe credit problems such as bankruptcies and debt managment plans (DMPs) need to have been settled for at least six years before Halifax will consider lending.

Worried that your credit history might stop you from getting a mortgage with Halifax? You can compare their mortgage deals against other lenders and access support from mortgage brokers who specialise in bad credit - get started here

Does Halifax offer self-employed mortgages?

Yes, and they are more flexible than some lenders with their requirements for self-employed borrowers. Most mortgage providers expect self-employed mortgage applicants to produce at least two years' accounts, but Halifax will consider approving you with just 12 months' trading under your belt.

They based their affordability assessment on an average of your earnings over the last two years, or the latest trading year (whichever is lower).

Halifax also lends to self-employed borrowers with declining profits, with conditions attached, and to limited company directors and contractors.

Later-life lending options

Halifax offer standard residential mortgages to older borrowers, but the maximum age they can be at the end of the term is 80, or 75 if it's an interest-only mortgage. They do not offer retirement interest-only (RIO) mortgages but can arrange equity release (lifetime mortgages) for eligible homeowners via Scottish Widows, a division of their parent company, Lloyds Bank plc. 

Is Halifax a good mortgage lender?

At the time of writing, Halifax has a star rating of 1.5/5 on reviews website TrustPilot, but has fared better on other online platforms and publications. They have an average rating of 3.93/5 on Smart Money People, based on 141 customer reviews, and Which? ranked them joint 14th out of 22 UK lenders with a score of 66%.

Pros and cons

The table below shows the advantages and disadvantages of Halifax as a mortgage lender to help you decide whether they are right for you:

Advantages

Disadvantages

A wide range of products available

Uses a lower income multiple for affordability than some lenders

Flexible with self-employed borrowers (offers mortgages based on 1 year’s accounts)

Unable to extend mortgage offers once they have been tabled

Low deposit mortgages available (95% LTV)

Those with more severe bad credit may need to look elsewhere

Able to accept borrowers with some types of bad credit

Limited guarantor mortgage options

Are they a strict lender?

Halifax are generally as a strict as other lenders on the high street with their mortgage criteria, but can be flexible with certain types of customers. For example, self-employed mortgage applicants can borrow based on 1 year's accounts, while at most lenders, the minimum requirement in two years. The can also be accomodating with customers who have modertely severe types of bad credit against their names, but keep in mind that specialist mortgage lenders are often better equipped to lend under these circumstances.

Common reasons Halifax reject a mortgage application

There are several reasons why Halifax might reject your mortgage application. Just because you've had a mortgage application declined in the past, doesn't mean you'll be declined the next time. However, the most common reasons for mortgage application rejections include:

1. Severe bad credit: Halifax is unable to approve applicants with issues such as bankruptcies and debt management plans unless they were settled at least six years ago. 

2. Affordability: They usually cap their maximum borrowing at 4.5 times the borrower's annual salary, which is a lower income multiple than some of their competitors

3. Not enough deposit: 95% LTV mortgages are typically reserved for borrowers who are applying through government schemes or taking out specialist products. If you are making a standard residential mortgage application with less than 10% deposit, Halifax might decline you.

If Halifax have declined you for a mortgage, get in touch. Our brokers can explore whether your application can be salvaged with them, and if that's not possible, they might be able to find you an alternative mortgage provider whose criteria is a better fit for you.

How to compare Halifax mortgage deals

The best way to compare Halifax's products is through a whole-of-market mortgage broker. They can provide you an overview of every Halifax mortgage product that you qualify for along with a comparison of equivalent deals from across the market.

You can view Halifax mortgage deals as well as potential alternatives from other lenders for free through Teito, and we have mortgage brokers on hand to make sure you secure the right mortgage for you, whether that's with Halifax or another mortgage provider who is a better fit for you.

Get started here to compare Halifax's mortgage rates with their competitors and take advantage of a free, no-obligation chat with one of our mortgage brokers.

 

FAQs

If you have a Halifax mortgage and are considering renting out your home, you'll need to get Halifax to grant you permission, known as a consent to let. If you rent our your home without approval, they could add interest on top of your current mortgage rate, increasing your monthly payments, or even stop your future borrowing.

How Teito Works

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