Mortgage Broker Q&A; Minimum UK residency period when moving from abroad
Author: Andy Bedford » Publish Date: 14 September 2009
In Q&A, we take a look at some of the common questions faced by mortgage brokers currently.
Question: I recently moved to the UK from abroad; when can I buy a property?
High street lenders will usually require you to have a permanent right to reside in the UK and to have been resident and working in the UK for a minimum period, often a year or perhaps up to three years.
There are exceptions to this; some private banks may be able to lend from the moment you arrive regardless of whether you have a permanent right to reside. These arrangements may be restricted to people with higher incomes (for example, £50K a year) or high levels of existing assets.
There are also a small number of lenders able to consider applicants without permanent rights to reside, i.e. those on visas. Again several will still require six to thirty-six months of residency history, but a small number can consider applications from day one.
For that reason, there isn’t a black-and-white answer to this question; so it’s usually best to seek professional mortgage advice, so if you would like to know; call us on 08454594490 and speak to a mortgage advisor.