What do I need to apply for a mortgage?
If you are going to be applying for a mortgage in the not too distant future it's a good idea to get ahead and try to sort out the paper work you are likely to need, especially now that things like bank statements and bills are often online.
Whilst what you will need will depend on your circumstances and the lender in question, this checklist should give you a starting point.
Check your credit reportGet a copy of your credit file from Experian, Clearscore, Noddle, CallCredit or Equifax.
- The score you get is purely an indicator; different lenders will interpret this differently
- Where possible you want to be registered on the Electoral Roll at your main address
- Your address history needs to be accurate
- Avoid overdrafts and definitely don’t take out payday loans
Ensure your ID and address documents are up to date
If you need to provide proof of ID or address to satisfy money laundering requirements it must be the original document, not a copy, and be current and valid.
- Passport – must not be expired
- Driving License – must have your current address
- Council tax statement - latest one available
- Utility Bills – usually dated within 3 months
- Bank statements – physical statements are required if you use these as proof of address
Make sure you can show where your deposit is coming fromIf you are buying a property lenders will want to see where your deposit is coming from, whether it's from your savings or a gift
- Savings will need to be evidenced with bank statements and large lump sum transfers will have to be explained. Online statements can satisfy some lenders here but will need your name and address. Some online facilities don’t allow this so check yours now.
- Gifted deposits will typically require a letter from the person giving you the money but the format of this will vary depending on the lender so they will need to be in a position to sign this when you apply for the mortgage.
- If you are raising the money on another property it may make sense to start this process earlier to ensure you have the money available when you need it.
Have all your income proof readily available
Income proof will also depend on which lender you decide to proceed with. However it makes sense to have the following available or easily accessible:
- Latest 3 months payslips (online payslips are usually acceptable if they include your personal details on them)
- Latest 3 months bank statements (the account that your salary is paid into as well as satisfying the above requirements for bank statements)
- Latest P60 (especially if you have bonus income)
- Last 2 or 3 years SA302s or signed accounts (if you are self employed).