Mortgages and properties of concrete construction
Author: Andy Bedford » Publish Date: 24 January 2011
There are thousands of concrete construction types in the UK; some of these are difficult, if not impossible, to mortgage.
In general, its properties from the post-war era and a pre-fabricated construction type that could be challenging to mortgage; however, even establishing the type of construction used can be troublesome.
Most properties built after 1984 are likely mortgageable; after this point, Building Regulations are widely considered to have delivered suitable construction methods and control of material standards.
Some concrete construction types, particularly those containing structural iron or steel, built between the early 1900s and 1970s, suffer from concrete corrosion and either require significant work to prevent failure or are unsuitable for a mortgage; whatsoever.
Classed as defective construction types, contaminants in the concrete react with the iron in the steel rotting the concrete and steel beams from the inside out.
Other construction types are classed as defective simply due to being built in large quantities with sub-standard materials; or experimental wall leaves that have performed poorly over time or failed systemically; the Large Panel System or ‘LPS’ being an example that catastrophically failed in the Ronan Point tragedy.
There are, though, common concrete construction types, such as Taylor Wimpey No-Fines, which are not usually a problem to mortgage.
If you are looking at buying a vintage property of a concrete construction type, you should inform your mortgage advisor at the outset.
They should be able to check with local surveyors and try to ascertain whether there are likely to be problems with a mortgage.
If an estate agent is advertising a property as a non-standard construction, requiring cash purchase; it is likely that the property is not typically mortgageable.
But you should not assume that any agent or vendor is aware of a non-standard construction type; this is one reason why having an independent survey, not just a basic-mortgage valuation, is generally prudent when buying a home.