The change applies across all of its lending brands, which includes Barnsley Building Society, Chelsea Building Society, Norwich & Peterborough, Yorkshire and broker-facing brand Accord Mortgages, although interest-only mortgages will continue to be available for buy-to-let only from Accord.
But the mutual joins a growing number of lenders that have decided to pull out of interest-only which include Co-operative Group and Nationwide.
A Yorkshire Building Society spokesperson says: “The Yorkshire Building Society Group will stop interest-only lending to new customers, excluding buy-to-let, from 25 March 2013.
“We regularly review our mortgage proposition and the interest-only market has reduced considerably in recent months.”
London broker Coreco director Andrew Montlake, says: “It was interesting to note that this move was communicated on Budget Day, presumably in the hope that it would be passed over with other news, but this is another big blow to those who believe there is a place for interest-only.
“Given the positive news in the Budget with the announcement of the Help to Buy Scheme I hope that this negative news does not lead to more lenders who have already set a sensible interest only policy reviewing their stance yet again.”