Implications for UK BTL mortgage holders of moving abroad

Implications for UK BTL mortgage holders of moving abroad

14:20 PM, 19th December 2019, About 3 years ago 2

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Now here’s an interesting question, which I can’t find any threads on the site search for. So, I have 15-20 UK BTL mortgages and have followed Mark’s lead and left the UK for sunshine, sea and the ex-pat lifestyle. But, what is the effect of my move on my mainstream UK BTL mortgages which I already have?

Am I in breach of lending terms?

Should I declare the move to lenders?

Will this cause a recall of loans or increased rates?

Can I do product transfers within at the end of fixed rates?

Can I take out a new BTL mortgage in place of my residential mortgage on my old home?

Should I be wiping a furrowed and fearful brow, or putting on my straw Panama and heading off for a sundowner with pals at the Royal British Club?



Neil Patterson

14:27 PM, 19th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Hi Ted,

Terms and conditions for a BTL mortgage are different to a main residence as it is not dependent on being your home. Therefore normally moving abroad is no issue for an existing BTL mortgage, but I can't speak for all lenders terms and conditions. Please check the lenders handbook.

The difference comes with new borrowing which will need to be considered on specific ex-pat BTL products.


14:42 PM, 20th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Many thanks Neil!

I'll check the T&C's of the existing BTL products I have.

I expect the biggest issue will be if I look for new BTL products whilst I'm non-UK resident?

If I return to the UK, how long does it take for my recent ex-pat absence to stop being a negative for borrowing purposes?

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