The Mansfield ready for PRA underwriting changes

The Mansfield ready for PRA underwriting changes

The Mansfield Building Society says it is ready to meet the Prudential Regulatory Authority’s 30 September deadline for underwriting buy-to-let portfolio landlords.

The mutual is also implementing further changes to simplify the Interest Coverage Ratio (ICR) it applies when assessing affordability.

In line with the new regulatory requirements, portfolio landlords (i.e. those with four or more mortgaged properties) will now be required to provide an assets and liabilities statement, together with a detailed schedule of all properties and loans outstanding.

A simplified buy-to-let stressed interest rate will be applied at 5.5% (or 2% above pay rate, whichever is the higher), irrespective of application type or an applicant’s tax status.

The Interest Coverage Ratio (ICR) will now be calculated at 125% for business buy-to-let where the applicant is a basic rate tax payer.

In addition, consumer buy-to-let, regulated (family) buy-to-let, and pound-for-pound buy-to-let remortgages, will all be calculated using an ICR of 125% of the monthly mortgage interest payment even if the applicant is a higher rate tax payer.

For higher/additional rate tax payers, any business buy-to-let purchases, or business buy-to-let remortgage applications with additional borrowing, will continue to be calculated using an ICR of 145% of the monthly mortgage interest payment at the stressed rate.

David Newby, mortgage executive at the Mansfield, said the latest changes showed that its individual underwriting approach could readily adapt to the regulatory changes whilst maintaining the common-sense underwriting it prides itself on.

He said: “As the buy-to-let sector continues to see further regulatory change, you can be confident that the Mansfield’s proactive approach is sufficiently agile to adopt the necessary change whilst at the same time seeking ways to innovate – we’ll be bringing you more news about ways in which higher earners can use personal disposable income to offset potential ICR shortfalls in due course.

“In the meantime, the approach that we’ve taken will fairly consider the individual circumstances of landlords regardless of whether they’re professionals, consumers or simply letting out a property to a close relative.

“The latest criteria changes are being delivered with a high level of support to our intermediary partners. This includes the benefit of speaking with our dedicated intermediary support team and also continued access to our experienced underwriting team who adopt an ‘each case on its own merits’ approach to the assessment of all applications.

“We believe the above changes, and the further enhancements we’re about to announce, reaffirm our support for the Buy to Let market and we’re looking forward to sharing more news with you very soon.”