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Second Home Options

Unlock cash from your second home

Here’s everything you need to know about our Second Home Options ­– key features, how it works, helpful links, guides and brochures.

Our Second Home Options

Unlock cash from your second home with our flexible lifetime mortgages. Our Second Home Options give you control over your loan repayments. With our Second Home Voluntary Select Options, you can choose to repay up to 10% of your loan each year. Or, with our Second Home Lifestyle Options, you can let the interest build with no monthly repayments.

Each of our Second Home Options offers different amounts you can borrow with different interest rates. 

View our rates.

Second Home Voluntary Select Options

Our Second Home Voluntary Select Options allow you to make voluntary payments of up to 10% of the initial loan amount each year, without any early repayment charges.

For example, if you decide to borrow £30,000, you can choose to pay back up to £3,000 each year without any penalties.

Making payments

 You choose when to make payments and how much you’d like to pay back, up to your annual allowance. The minimum payment is £50 each year.

Annual allowance

  •  The annual allowance is 10% of the initial loan amount. This is the amount you can repay in one year without charges
  • Your annual allowance starts on the day your mortgage completes and ends a year later on the day before your completion date. For example, if your mortgage completes on 1 July, your annual allowance starts on 1 July and finishes on 30 June the following year
  • If you don’t use your full allowance, it won’t roll over into the following year. For example, if you repay 5% in year one, your allowance won’t increase to 15% in year two

Payment frequency

  •  You choose when to make payments
  • We accept payments from the first day your mortgage completes
  • You can make as many payments as you like up to your annual allowance and there’s no maximum number of payments
  • You can continue to make payments if you borrow more money at a later date

 Making payments

  •  You can make voluntary payments by standing order, bank transfer or debit card
  • We’ll send you a standing order form when your mortgage completes and full details of your other payment options

Stopping payments

There’s no penalty if you choose not to make a payment. We’ll add the interest to your outstanding loan balance each month.

Second Home Lifestyle Options

Our Second Home Lifestyle Options don’t require any monthly payments. Instead, the interest will build and we’ll add it to your loan balance each month.

Additional borrowing

If you would like to take more money at a later date, you can apply for a further advance.

You can do this any point, as long as your application meets our lending criteria and there’s still enough equity in your property.

Do I qualify?

In order to apply, you’ll need to:

  • Take additional financial advice
  • Borrow a minimum of £4,000
  • Let us know what you’re using the money for

How do I apply?

  1. Seek advice from your financial adviser. You can find an adviser at the Equity Release Council if you don’t have one
  2. Your financial adviser will contact us to start the application process
  3. We’ll send them an application form. They’ll discuss this with you and help you complete it.
  4. If your application is successful, we’ll pay the money directly to you

If you have a Second Home Voluntary Select lifetime mortgage, you can make annual payments on the additional borrowing after your application has been successful.

If you take a further advance, the value of your property might need to be reassessed and you may have to pay additional fees, including fees for financial advice. Your financial adviser can provide more details.

View our charges.

Interest rates

We apply a fixed interest rate to each further advance. This is based on the further advance interest rate for your product, at the time you apply. This rate may be higher or lower than the interest rate applied to your initial advance.

View our additional borrowing rates.

Fixed early repayment charges (ERCs)

You can choose to repay some or all of your mortgage at any time, but an early repayment charge may apply if you repay your loan earlier than expected.

Our early repayment charges apply for the first eight years of the initial advance or further advance.

Our early repayment charges are fixed so you know exactly how much it’ll cost. Our charges are set out in the table below.

Second Home Options

Year of repayment (end of year) Percentage of the borrowing payable
0-5 5%
6-8 3%
9+ 0%

We also won’t apply an early repayment charge where:

  • Repayment takes places after your death or the death of the remaining borrower
  • The early repayment charge term has expired
  • You sell the property and transfer the mortgage to another suitable property
  • If you have a Voluntary Select Option, you stay within your 10% annual contribution allowance

Product features

Retained ownership

You will always own your second home and be responsible for maintaining it, as long as you follow the terms and conditions of the mortgage.

Fixed interest rates

Your mortgage interest rate will remain fixed for as long as you have it. We also apply fixed interest rates to any additional borrowing. The rate for additional borrowing is set at the time you apply and can be different from the initial loan interest rate.

Option to move property (porting)

If you want to move property, you may be able to take the mortgage with you. This is known as porting. You’ll also keep the same terms and conditions if it meets our suitability criteria. If you move to a property of lower value, it may mean we’re unable to lend you the amount you currently owe. In these cases you’ll have to repay part of the loan.

Read our guide to porting.

No negative equity guarantee

When your property is sold and the proceeds after solicitors’ and estate agents’ fees are not enough to pay the amount you owe, we won’t ask you or your beneficiaries to pay the shortfall. Any amount left over from the sale of your property will belong to you or your beneficiaries, if the property is sold for more than the amount you borrowed.

Our charges

We won’t charge you a valuation fee to set up this mortgage. You’ll still need to pay a completion fee, as well as solicitor and adviser fees.

View our charges.

Example charges

Valuation fee £0
Completion fee £650
Advice fee As agreed with your financial adviser
Legal fee* £474 +VAT (estimated)

*You may also need to pay disbursements

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Risk warning

A lifetime mortgage is a loan secured against your home. It will reduce the amount of inheritance you leave and may affect your tax position and entitlement to welfare benefits.

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