Fleet Mortgages has made a series of criteria changes to its range of products.
Where there is a connection between a freeholder and a leaseholder within a property, the lender will no longer take a first charge on the freehold, only a legal charge.
Within its property guidelines, the minimum gross external floor area is being reduced from 35 to 30 square metres for studio flats in urban areas.
It is also changing its exposure limit for developments, conversions or blocks of flats from 20% (or one unit) of a block to a new sliding scale.
Fleet Mortgages will also now consider lending in a block of four or less flats up to 100% of that development; if the block has five or more flats it will lend against two of the flats, or 20%.
In a block of 10 flats, Fleet will lend against a maximum of two.
Fleet will look at exceptions to this on an individual basis, subject to a positive valuation report, with each exception referred to its funder for approval.
Portfolio landlord borrowers will no longer be required to provide an asset or liability statement for all applicants owning four or more properties – only the main applicant will be required to provide the statement.
Steve Cox (pictured), chief commercial officer at Fleet Mortgages, said: “Once again, we have been listening to our intermediary partners and working to deliver a series of criteria changes that will provide greater levels of flexibility for more of their landlord clients.
“The idea is to allow Fleet to lend on an increasing number of properties, to an increasing number of landlords, and to ensure we are not placing too many obstacles or conditions on risk-worthy borrowers and properties.
“In particular these changes will help open the door, particularly to those who are investing in conversions, flats and blocks, plus it will mean less onerous provision of documents for portfolio landlords.
“As always, we will keep a close eye on our criteria to ensure it is fit for purpose both now and in the future.”