Paperwork required for a Mortgage Application
Documents required by lenders when applying for a mortgage
To help the mortgage process go as quickly as possible, it’s a good idea to get your documentation ready in advance of your application. Generally, lenders will require the following supporting paperwork to accompany your mortgage application:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of address
- SA 302 (if self-employed)
- Personal Bank statements
- Benefit award letter
- Proof of state benefits
- Proof of deposit
- Credit report
- Memorandum of sale
This is not an exclusive list and the lender can request additional documentation at any point. To find out more about each piece of documentation, please see below.
Proof of identity for each applicant
This must be an official document with a photo – for example, a Passport or Driving Licence. A bus pass or company identification card would not be acceptable.
If you’re planning on using your passport, you must ensure that it is current and valid. If your passport has expired, you’ll need to get this renewed before using it as your proof of identity.
It’s also worth noting that you can use your driving licence as proof of identity or proof of address (see below), but not both. Your license must be valid and show your current address; if it shows your previous address, even if you regard your current address as short term, it will need to be updated.
Proof of address for each application
You will require proof of residency for all addresses you have lived at for the past three years. As stated above, this can be your driving license which can be used as either proof of address or proof of identity, but not both. This can also include:
- Bank statement from a different account to which your salary is paid into from the last three months.
- Utility bill dated in the last three months.
- Council Tax bill for the current year.
- PAYE coding letter from HMRC for the current year.
- Benefits award letter.
Please note that mobile phone bills, car insurance policy and TV license are not acceptable.
The P60 is a form that is issued by your employer at the end of each tax year (April) and shows your total income, tax and National Insurance contributions over the past year. Not all mortgage lenders will require one but they can be useful to have if any queries about income history arise.
You will need to provide the last three months’ payslips (not handwritten) or, if self-employed, the last two years’ tax calculations and overviews as agreed by HMRC). The most recent payslip must be the month in which you apply. Please note:
- If you are paid monthly then the last three months will be required.
- If you are paid weekly then the last thirteen weeks will be required.
- If you are including a bonus as part of your pay but it is not guaranteed, this will need to be evidenced.
- If this bonus is paid monthly then it is still three months’ payslips. However, if this is received annually, the payslip showing the bonus received for the last two years will be required.
For self-employed applicants, a SA302 is issued by HMRC when your annual tax assessments have been agreed. You will need to produce the last two or three years, including tax calculations.
These are really only required if you are an employed director of a company in which you own more than 20% of the shares.
You will be required to produce personal bank statements for all accounts from the last three months.
It is worthwhile reviewing and understanding your bank statements, as lenders will review these and may query a regular payment not declared or notice an account with money transferred that has not been declared. A bank statement helps a lender understand your lifestyle and to establish your affordability for a loan.
Some lenders will demand postal statements, and it’s often worth ordering these in any event, but others will accept internet statements as long as:
- Your name and address are shown.
- It contains your account number and sort code.
- It includes the bank’s logo.
- If the http address is included at the bottom of each page.
Benefit award letter
If you are using tax credits as part of your income, you will need to provide the latest award letter.
Proof of state benefits
A letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and evidence of the payment in your bank account will be required if state benefits are being included within the affordability.
Proof of deposit
Proof of your last three month’s savings statements will be required.
If part or all of your deposit is a gift then this must be from a close family member. You will need to provide a signed letter stating the persons address and the amount being provided. This must be accompanied with proof of identity and a bank or savings statement from their account where the money is being transferred.
You should obtain a copy of your credit report – preferably from Equifax or Experian which are most used by mortgage lenders. Late credit payments, defaults and Country Court Judgements (CCJ’s) will impact your credit score and could result in an application being denied.
This should show all of your addresses over the last three years; if any of these are shown incorrectly, you will need to contact the credit agency to have them corrected. You should also check that your credit report shows your correct voters roll information from the last six years.
Memorandum of sale
The Memorandum of sale is provided by the housing association. Not all lenders will require this but if you are buying with a 5% or 10% deposit, you will most probably need one.
For a Shared Ownership home, this will set out the following details:
- Your name(s).
- Property address.
- Full market value.
- Share purchase price.
- Percentage share being purchased.
- Monthly rent.
- Annual service charges.
- Annual ground rent.
- Remaining length of lease.
When assessing an application, the lender is looking for financial stability. For example, they will be concerned if they see more than £50 per month being spent on gambling sites and may decline your application accordingly. It is important not to exceed any overdraft facility and ensure all direct debits/standing orders are paid on time and not returned due to lack of funds.
As mentioned earlier, the above is not an exclusive list and the lender can request additional documentation at any point. Where required, other documentation could include:
- A photocopy of your marriage certificate, if applicable.
- Details of previous surnames with evidence of name change, if applicable.
- Evidence of your rent payment history, if applicable.
- If you have any credit cards, hire purchase or personal loans then please have the latest statements.
- Any CCJs, registered defaults or a bankruptcy within the last six years will require all of the paperwork with confirmation they have been resolved and no further action.
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