Minimum Length Of Employment For Mortgage

Minimum Length Of Employment For Mortgage

Are you looking at starting a new job and want to know when you can apply for a mortgage? Find out more here.

What is the minimum length of employment needed to get a residential mortgage?

Every lender has a different criteria around how much time they need you to have been in your job, before they lend to you.

For instance, some lenders wish to see 6 months in the position, and probation passed, before they will consider you for the mortgage.

There are other lenders that have a shorter amount of time, for instance, 3 months.

Day one employment lenders also exist, meaning that you can apply for your mortgage on the first day of your new job.

The lender may need to know what you have done before, and how long you were off work between jobs.

There are even lenders that can consider your mortgage applications prior to starting your job.

In this scenario, if you are beginning your job within a certain amount of time, such as 3 months, these lenders can agree lending on the basis of your new position.

They wish to see evidence that a job has begun, and underwriting is still taking place within this time.

As lenders all have different rules around minimum length of time in employment for a mortgage, you should look for an experienced mortgage adviser that can understand your full scenario and recommend a lender accordingly.


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What is the minimum amount of time needed in self-employment to get residential mortgage?

If you are self-employed, things are a bit trickier when it comes to minimum amount of time in your position.

If you are a sole trader, partner or a limited company, you need to have been trading a certain amount of time before lenders will consider you for a residential mortgage using your income.

Some lenders can work off a minimum of 1 years’ trading, before they agree a mortgage.

Most mortgage lenders need 2 years’ worth of trading history, to underwrite the self-employed income.

Depending on the lender, they may take an average of the 2 years’ income or use the latest year. Some lenders even need 3 years’ worth of trading, taking an average across the years.

If you are a sole trader or partnership, lenders will likely need your tax calculations and tax year overview statements. To find out how to generate these, you can visit the website for HMRC.

You can still go on a residential mortgage if you have recently started your self-employed position, but the lender will not include your income.

For instance, if your spouse or partner has enough income to secure the mortgage, you could be named on there as well, but may be considered a dependent. This will depend on the lender.

A mortgage adviser should be able to give you a good idea of whether you can go on a mortgage with another person, that meets lending criteria.

Mortgage obtained on this house with a short period of employment

What is the minimum length of employment needed for buy to let mortgage?

Even for buy to let mortgages, some lenders still need a minimum amount of time in a job before you meet the criteria.

For instance, three months in the position and out of probation is not uncommon.

There are, however, some buy to let mortgage lenders that are not concerned about personal income as long as the property meets the rental criteria, passing the stress test.

If this is the case, for these lenders, as long as an applicant’s financial situation is healthy, they can approve borrowers with little or no personal income.

This means that they also would not need applicants to have been in their job for a certain amount of time, before considering then.

This is not the case with all buy to let lenders, so make sure that you talk to a professional that can filter lenders based on your income situation.

Can I get a mortgage if I am on probation?

Some lenders require you to be out of your probationary period before they can consider you for a mortgage.

If your probation is 3 months, this would mean waiting until this time has passed before you can submit an application to one of these lenders.

The good news is most mortgage lenders that allow new jobs do not require the applicants to be out of their probationary period to qualify for a mortgage.

This is especially the case with the day one employment lenders, or lenders willing to accept people starting jobs within the next 3 months.

Bear in mind, if you are within your probationary period and thinking of taking a mortgage, you should carefully consider whether it is best to do it at this time, or once you’ve passed probation.

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Can I get a mortgage if I have a temp job?

Many mortgage lenders will not lend to applicants that have temp jobs. This is especially the case if you have only recently started temping, and cannot show a history of it.

There are however, specialist lenders that can consider applicants on temporary contracts as long as they meet the rest of the lender’s criteria.

Some require a minimum amount of temping before they can agree a mortgage. A common amount of time it is 12 months.

This will depend on which lender you approach, so it would be recommended to look for a mortgage adviser with experience in mortgages for people with temp jobs.

They will be able to understand your full situation and make a recommendation accordingly.

I have a new job, what documents will the lenders need to prove my income?
If you have only just begun your new job, lenders will need to see evidence of the terms of the position.

This is to understand your working hours, income, probationary period and more.

If you not yet received your first payslip, it is likely that the lender will need a copy of your job offer letter and a full employment contract signed by the employer, and the applicant.

If during underwriting, it is clear that a payslip has become available, the lender may need this too.

Some lenders will not release the mortgage offer until they have seen sight of the payslip, and potential income from your employer going into a bank account.

Should I use a mortgage broker if I have a new job?

If you have a new job, it would be recommended to work with an independent mortgage adviser to place your application.

The reason is, lenders have a different criteria on employed applicants and new positions.

They require a different amount of time within the role, with different rules around probationary periods.

They will also ask for different documents so you need to be sure that you can obtain them.

Skilled mortgage advisers will know which lenders to approach based on your situation.

For instance, if you need to apply for the mortgage now, but are not starting the job for another 6 weeks, this will be outside of criteria for many lenders.

Approaching these lenders for meetings about a mortgage, may not be best use of your time.

Your mortgage adviser can you carry out a fact find to fully understand your situation.

They will need to know about your deposit, your new job, income, outgoings, level of debt, and credit conduct.

With this, they can begin to look for a lender accordingly.

If you believe you have had bad credit, they may need to look for a lender that can accommodate adverse events or low credit scores in addition to new jobs

In this situation, you should get a copy of your credit file. You can download this for free by signing up to Check My File.

This is a recommended credit reference agency, as it shows data from Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.


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Some lenders have a minimum amount of time in a job before they can issue you with a mortgage.

For instance, 3 to 6 months in the job and outside of probation required before some lenders are able to accept your application.

There are however lenders that can accept borrowers that are only just starting their positions, or have not even started yet.

Lenders all have their own criteria, so it can be difficult to keep up with what is required.

As a result, you should look for an experienced mortgage adviser that has a background in arranging mortgages for people with new jobs.

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The information on this page is not tailored to any individual readers and should not be considered financial advice under any circumstances.

If you are seeking advice about a mortgage, you should consult a qualified professional.

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