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Expat Buy-to-Let

Please be aware all mortgage products were withdrawn at 5pm on Thursday 4 August, except for Self-Build. This is so we can focus on processing our existing applications as quickly as possible and restore our service levels to normal. System issues mean products are still visible on the portal, but applications received after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Please keep checking back for updates for when our new products will be launched.

Contact the Intermediary Support Team (01799 582 925 or ist@saffronbs.co.uk) with any queries, and thanks for your understanding at this busy time.

Our Expat products are suitable for UK nationals residing abroad who wish to purchase or re-mortgage a property in the UK.

Whatever your clients’ needs, they will also be guaranteed:

  • a decision made by a skilled and knowledgeable underwriter, rather than an automated credit scoring system
  • a fast and reliable service
  • Rental Cover on debt for debt re-mortgage cases 125% of pay rate. Fees may be added to the loan.
  • If your client is creditworthy but has been struggling to find a mortgage to suit their specific needs, we may be able to help.

And if one of our existing mortgages doesn’t quite fit, then we may be able to tailor a mortgage to suit their precise needs.

Key points for our Expat BTL mortgages

  • Available to First-Time-Landlords & First-Time-Buyers
  • Not available to applicants living in The Netherlands

  • Regulated buy to let applications are accepted Expats in non-EEA countries, please note that regulated BTL mortgages are based on affordability and we will only accept sterling income on these applications.  We will not include rental received on this property towards the affordability calculation. (An application would be a regulated BTL if at some point, either now or in the future, you or an immediate family member will occupy the premises or be a tenant).
  • We will condition the offer for nomination of a UK solicitor with a minimum of 2 partners who will act for the applicant, on whom the society can serve notice in the event of default. Please note this is a requirement of an offer and we will not proceed to completion without this.

Product Criteria

  • 5 Year Fixed Rate - 140% of pay rate
  • 2 Year Fixed Rate and Variable rates: Rental cover 140% of either pay rate +2% or 5.5% whichever is higher
  • Rental Cover on debt for debt remortgage cases 125% of pay rate
  • Fees can be added to the loan for debt for debt remortgages
  • Property must be let on an AST
  • Rental assessment is based on occupation by 1 family on an unfurnished let
  • No HMOs or Limited Companies
  • Maximum Portfolio with Saffron of £1.5m (no external exposure limit)
  • The applicant must have no adverse credit history in the past 3 years
  • Interest only or repayment
  • Minimum income £25,000
  • We will condition the offer for nomination of a UK solicitor with a minimum of 2 partners who will act for the applicant, on whom the Society can serve notice in the event of default. This is to be arranged prior to the application of the mortgage
  • Maximum loan size £1,000,000.

Loans over this are priced on a bespoke basis and have restricted LTV’s

  • For portfolio landlords the maximum LTV INCLUDING fees is 75%
  • Regulated buy to let accepted from non-EEA countries - At some point, either now or in the future, you or an immediate family member will occupy the premises or be a tenant.
(The definition of an immediate family member includes: parents, grandparents, child, grandchild, brother or sister.)

* Overpayments of up to 10% per annum 

Our Expat Buy-to-Let products

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up payments on your mortgage