You’re in the right place if you want more information about your mortgage. Whether you would like to overpay, request a payment holiday, find out about charges, or request things like your redemption statement or mortgage balance.
YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.
While rates are so low at the moment, it's a great time to pay off that little bit extra if you can.
You could make one-off or regular extra payments to reduce your mortgage balance. Whichever way you decide you'll usually end up paying less interest overall. It is important to remember that any extra payments cannot normally be refunded at a later date. Plus, you may have to pay a
early repayment charges
if you repay more than a certain amount, usually 10% of your mortgage balance, each year. Remember to talk to us first so we can explain exactly what will happen and, where possible, give you the result you want.
What happens when you make extra mortgage payments?
If you make one-off, lump sum payments, you can either:
Note: depending on the terms and conditions of your mortgage early repayment charges may apply.
If you want to pay a bit more each month (make a regular overpayment), you can either:
One-off lump sums
You can pay part of your mortgage whenever you want. They are known as lump-sum overpayments. When you make a payment, your mortgage balance will be reduced on the day we receive the money, and you'll start to be charged less interest. Then, because your balance is lower, you can either:
If you make a lump-sum overpayment, it can't normally be refunded at a later date.
An early repayment charges applies on some mortgages. You may have to pay an early repayment charge if, during your early repayment charge period, you repay more than a certain amount of your mortgage or switch to a new mortgage deal. As a current concession you can make, each year, extra payments of up to 10% of the mortgage balance (as at 1st January) before a charge applies. We may reduce or withdraw this concession but will give you three months notice before we do.
The limit on any extra payments you can make each year before the charge applies is 10% of the mortgage balance outstanding on 1st January each year. This means you can pay up to 10% of your mortgage balance before incurring the charge, unless you go on to repay or change the rest of the loan within the next six months. The charge varies, depending on how long you have left on your mortgage deal.
As you can see, there can be different results if you make a lump-sum overpayment - so it's always best to contact us to let us know what you want to happen.
If you've been making regular overpayments so that you are ahead with your mortgage, you can make reduced payments for a while or even miss a payment up to the amount of those overpayments. However, if the term or monthly payments of your mortgage have changed and the change has taken previous overpayments into account, then those overpayments will no longer be available for making underpayments.
Request a payment holiday
You can also apply to suspend your payments if you have not been overpaying your mortgage. Any application for a payment holiday will be subject to the criteria in force at that time. If you'd like to request a payment holiday, please call us on 0345 835 3380.
A Payment Holiday is where you can apply to take a break from paying your usual monthly mortgage payments.
For some customers, Payment Holidays may have previously been referred to as Instalment breaks.
Subject to an application meeting the criteria, Payment Holidays are available for a period of between one or two months and you can make an application for a payment holiday once every three years. The maximum number of months permitted for a payment holiday is six months over the life of the mortgage.
Payment Holidays are available for a variety of reasons, usually to assist with a temporary change to your circumstances, like a change in employment or unexpected or unforeseen vehicle or household expenditure.
You may be eligible to apply for a Payment Holiday if:
Although we try to help as many customers as possible, there will be some cases where a payment holiday may not be available to you. These include the following:
If you think you would be eligible and would like to apply for a Payment Holiday call 0345 835 3380, 8.30am to 9pm Monday to Friday, or 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday or alternatively visit your local branch or complete the online self service. Select "Mortgages" from the drop-down menu of the form, click "Go" and select "Request a payment holiday". Complete the requested information and we'll aim to call you on your preferred day. You'll need to quote your mortgage account number whenever you have a mortgage query. This can be found on your mortgage statement or other mortgage related letters.
Although Payment Holidays can help in the short term, if you have a repayment mortgage at the time of the payment holiday the interest will continue to be added to your mortgage and the missed payments will need to be made up over the remainder of the mortgage term, meaning that your contractual monthly payment will increase.
If any or all of your mortgage is on an interest only basis while you are not making your full monthly mortgage payment the interest due will be added to your mortgage balance. This means that the balance will increase and will need to be repaid at the end of your mortgage term, so it's important to regularly check that your repayment plan is on track to provide the increased amount of money you will need to repay your mortgage at the end of the term.
We will confirm your new increased monthly mortgage payment approximately 2 weeks before the end of a Payment Holiday.
Switching to a new mortgage deal is not permitted during a payment holiday. Remember, if you don't keep your mortgage up to date, you could fall in to arrears and ultimately lose your home.
We'll help you to move with the times. After six months of having a mortgage with us, and up until your mortgage comes to an end, you could apply to borrow more. So you can make plans to improve your home or look forward to a special event.
If you're thinking of paying off your mortgage and would like to know how much you owe, we can provide you with a redemption statement. This will also show any early repayment charge and Closing Administration Charge that may be payable.
Request a redemption statement by calling us on 0345 835 3380.
Order a certificate of interest by calling us on 0345 835 3380.
If you've had a change to your telephone number or email address, please call us on 0345 835 3380.
For other changes to your mortgage account, such as changing the length of your mortgage term or renting out your property please call us on
0800 056 1088 to discuss these changes. A charge may be payable for some services.
To change your direct debit, please call us on 0345 835 3380.
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