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NatWest loosens B2L criteria to target professional landlords

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has lifted restrictions on its buy-to-let criteria to target professional landlords.

To date it has targeted so-called ‘non-professional’ landlords, although from tomorrow it will consider applications from customers who derive more than 30 per cent of their income from rental properties.

It will also remove its maximum loan limit of £500,000.

The new criteria will apply to new cases submitted from 11 September and all other criteria remain the same.

NIS acting head of sales Paul Kane says: “Over the last 18 months we have made improvements to our buy-to-let offering to grow our presence in this sector. Having enjoyed great success and increased our lending, we are now confident that we can significantly grow our buy-to-let business into areas of the market that previously we have not operated in. The introduction of our new criteria means that we can now welcome applications from professional landlords, which is something that many brokers have been crying out for.

“The buy-to-let mortgage market has grown significantly over the last six years from accounting for 5 per cent of all UK gross lending in 2009 to 15 per cent in 2015. It is the fastest growing segment of the mortgage market in the UK. The changes we are introducing, combined with the recent rate cuts we made across our portfolio, mean we have a really strong proposition for mortgage intermediaries who are serious about this market.”

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  • Paul Adams 11th September 2015 at 10:48 am

    In 15 years of being a Broker I have never actually completed a mortgage with Natwest. I have always found them utterly useless. This new change in btl criteria is also a waste of time as highlighted by the previous comments. Natwest and Woolwich will continue to be the two lenders that I will avoid like the PLAGUE for the rest of time itself

  • Pablo Jonwaa 10th September 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Hardly targeting pro landlords with a max of 4 BTLs. Pointless change.

  • Will Reid 10th September 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Positive move in the right direction, but with a restricted lend on only 4 properties, how many professional landlords do they hope to get? A much more positive stance would be to lend 4 irrespective of what landlords have with other lenders.