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Portfolio landlords struggle to get mortgages as PRA rules kick in, research shows

Lender says new Prudential Regulation Authority restrictions on underwriting mortgages for landlords with multiple properties are having the desired effect.

Nigel Lewis

Nearly three quarters of landlords with multiple properties are finding it harder to get either mortgages or remortgage existing debt as the Prudential Regulation Authority’s second wave of mortgage rules kick in, it has been revealed.

Research completed on behalf of lender Foundation Home Loans among 2,000 landlords found that 70% of those with more than four properties had struggled to obtain further finance to buy more properties, while half of those with between one and three properties also faced problems.

The second wave of PRA rules went live in September last year to allay fears that excessive borrowing by banks on generous terms to landlords might endanger the economy during a downturn.

The larger the portfolio, the harder it has become for landlords to get the green light for more finance, largely because those with more than four properties are now effectively classed as enterprises and must submit business plans to get a home loan or remortgage an existing one.

Rejected by lenders

Two thirds of landlords with eleven or more properties within their portfolio now believe the range of mortgages available to them has dropped, while a quarter think they are now more likely to be rejected by lenders.

“Whether these figures are to do with a natural period of adjustment or become the new norm remains to be seen,” says Jeff Knight of Foundation Home Loans (pictured, left).

Despite these difficulties, separate research reveals that investors are still drawn to property.

Bridging loan firm Market Financial Solutions (MFS) says its research shows half of all investors, despite a media frenzy over alternative investments such as Bitcoin, still want to plough their cash into property.

Two thirds of the investors it canvassed thought property remained a safe bet despite the recent cooling of the market.

“House prices may not be growing at the same rate they previously have, but with projections suggesting we will see double figure growth in property prices over the next five years, investors are clearly still keen to capitalise on real estate opportunities,” says MFS CEO Paresh Raja (pictured, right).

Read more about the PRA rules.

January 23, 2018

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