Can I Get a Mortgage on Maternity Leave?

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Can I get a mortgage on maternity leave?

Yes, it’s totally possible to get a mortgage on maternity leave! But it can be trickier than if you were working full-time. As you’re likely to be earning less while on leave, most lenders will assess your affordability based on your lower income. Meaning you might not be able to borrow as much.  

For example, if your normal annual salary is £30,000 but during the year when you take maternity leave this reduces to £20,000, most lenders will assess your application based on £20,000 being your income.

However, some lenders will consider your full salary - but you’ll need to provide certain details including confirmation of earnings from your employer. 

Whether you’ll be accepted all depends on which lender you go to. Some high street lenders won’t consider you at all, and others might ask you to pay higher rates or put down a big deposit. That’s not ideal when you’ve got a new arrival on the way. 

You’ll need to find a specialist mortgage lender who regularly deals with people on maternity leave, and will understand your unique circumstances. Most of the time, specialist mortgage lenders won’t come up in your online searches, and your bank won’t tell you about them. They’re often only available through specialist mortgage brokers who have pre-existing relationships with these lenders. So you’ll need to work with a specialist mortgage broker who can find you the right deal. We can help with that! 

Our clever platform matches you to the ideal mortgage broker for your situation - someone who has experience getting mortgages for people just like you. Make an enquiry to find out your options. 

How does being on maternity leave affect my mortgage application?

The main difficulty with getting a mortgage on maternity leave is that your income is generally lower. Most lenders will only consider your maternity leave earnings, rather than what you’d normally be bringing home. 

There are some lenders who’ll consider your full salary, even if you’re on maternity leave at the time of your application. This is why finding the right lender to apply to is SO important. You’ll want to go to a lender who can give you the best possible deal. And you won't want to risk damaging your credit score from being turned down by the wrong lender. It’s best to work with a mortgage broker who knows which lenders are best for applicants on maternity leave, and can put together a strong application for you. 

What about joint applications?

If you’re making a joint mortgage application and one of you is on maternity leave, some lenders will look at both of your earnings then calculate how much you can borrow based on that. You’ll need to show evidence of your income, and prove that you’ll be going back to work on the same salary. 

How much deposit will I need?

How much deposit you’ll need for a mortgage on maternity leave will depend on your situation. As a minimum, you should aim to put down at least 10% of the property’s value. The government has introduced a new 5% deposit scheme, but criteria for these mortgages could be stricter as they’re still new. 

As with most mortgages, the bigger your deposit, the more options you'll have. Your lender will also factor in other things about you such as your credit rating. For example, if you have a history of bad credit, you might be asked to put down a bigger deposit.

Do I need to tell a lender if I’m pregnant or maternity leave?

There’s no hiding the bump! You’ll need to tell your lender if you’re currently on or planning to take maternity leave. There’s a good chance it’ll come to light during their checks anyway, so it’s best to be upfront and include as many details as possible in your application. 

A lender won’t directly ask you if you’re pregnant, but you’ll be asked to state any big ‘life changes’ that could affect repaying the loan. And pregnancy is a big one!

It’s really important to work with a mortgage broker who can put together a really great application for you. A broker will also know which lenders are most likely to accept you.

Can I get a mortgage if I’m self-employed on maternity leave?

Yes, it’s definitely possible to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed and on maternity leave. However, it all depends on how your leave impacts your business. If you’re essential to the business - and therefore the business’s income - you might struggle to get a mortgage. But if you have other employees who can handle the business and keep income stable while you’re on leave then there’s plenty of lenders who’ll consider your application.

Read more in our Self-Employed Mortgages Guide.

Can I get a mortgage if I’m on maternity leave and have bad credit?

Yes, it’s possible to get a mortgage with bad credit on maternity leave, but it’ll be trickier than if you had a perfect credit score. Whether you’ll be accepted will depend on how recent and severe your credit issues were. For example, a missed mobile phone payment a few years ago will carry less weight than a recent CCJ

Even if you have a severe credit issue on your file (such as bankruptcy or IVA) it’s still possible to get a mortgage. You’ll just need to apply to a specialist mortgage lender who deals specifically with bad credit applicants. 

Most specialist lenders don’t sell directly to you as a borrower, you can only find them by working with a mortgage broker. That’s where we come in! Our platform matches you with a broker who has the right experience for your situation. Make an enquiry to find out your options.  

Can I remortgage on maternity leave?

Yes, you can remortgage while on maternity leave. Remortgaging works pretty much the same as if you were applying for the first time. You don’t have to stick with your current lender, so you’re free to find a maternity-friendly lender who’ll give you the best deal while on leave.

Your mortgage broker can help you find a lender who’s willing to be flexible and let you borrow based on your full-time wage. Read more in our Guide to Remortgaging

How can I improve my chances of getting accepted for a mortgage on maternity leave?

Being on maternity leave can make getting a mortgage tricky, but not impossible. There’s a few more hoops to jump through, but one of the best things you can do to maximise your chances of being accepted is to provide a letter from your employer. 

Your employer will need to provide written confirmation that you’ll definitely be going back to work, and the date you’re expected to return. The letter should also confirm the terms of your employment (i.e. if your hours and salary will be the same). 

If there’s no change to your earnings once you’re back at work, there’s nothing stopping some lenders from offering you a mortgage based on your full-time income. 

If you’re going back to work part-time, then most lenders will only offer you a mortgage based on your new part-time salary. Read more in our Guide: Can I Get a Mortgage on Low Income? 

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