Lending Criteria – SME Secured Business Loan

BlueZest Lending Criteria – for Intermediaries

To be simple and clear, please find below a guideline of our lending criteria. This allows you to see the requirements for the products we have on offer and any particular specifics you may wish to know. Please note; this is not our full mortgage lending policy.

  • Credit history

    Good credit history evidenced at credit bureau

  • Profitability

    Stable increasing profitability of company to be evidenced

  • Affordability

    Affordability by Company at realistic stressed rate must be evident, in that pre-tax profit is sufficient to service loan

    Supporting documentation required:

    • Last 3 months’ Company bank statements
    • Last 2 years’ (3 if available) Company accounts (as prepared by a suitably qualified accountant)
  • Number of applicants

    Maximum 4 applicants – all registered owners of the security property must be party to the mortgage

  • Applicant residency

    All registered owners of the secured property must be party to the mortgage

  • Convictions

    Applicants must not have any unspent convictions for offences, other than minor traffic offences

Credit History
  • Must have
    • Applicants must be creditworthy and have a good track of servicing loans/credit agreements as evidenced at a Credit Reference Agency
    • Additionally, applicants must not be overcommitted on other secured and unsecured borrowings
  • Declined if

    Mortgage applications will be declined if any applicant has had:

    • Any previous property repossessed
    • A County Court Judgment (CCJ), satisfied or unsatisfied
    • An insolvency (including those pending)
    • Any Debt Management Plan in place
    • Any loan defaults >£50 in the last 36 months
    • Any mortgage arrears in the last 12 months
    • Any “pay day” or “doorstep” loans in the last 36 months
  • Employment

    The Director whose property is being mortgaged must have been a director of the business for at least 2 years

Loan Purpose
  • Capital raising

    Capital raising for business purposes

  • Further advances

    Further advances are permitted once twelve consecutive full monthly payments have been made and if LTV =< 75%

  • Personal debt

    No personal debt can be consolidated as part of the mortgage

Acceptable Properties
  • Acceptable Properties
    • Properties must be located in England or Wales
    • The property should have a minimum value of £100,000
    • New build properties are acceptable
    • Freehold flats are not acceptable
    • Common-hold properties are not acceptable
    • A minimum of 45 years must be remaining on the lease after the end of the mortgage termand 55 years at the beginning
    • Property must be of standard construction
    • Property must be deemed suitable for residential occupation by the valuer
    • Property must be deemed to have good marketability by the valuer
    • Property must have buildings insurance on normal terms
    • Property must not have any agricultural restrictions
    • Property must not cover more than 10 acres
    • Farms and smallholdings are not acceptable
    • Ex-Local Authority flats/maisonettes with a value of less than £250,000 are not acceptable
    • Flats above 4 storeys must have a value of at least £300,000
    • Property must not be subject to any constraint preventing occupation for 52 weeks a year
    • Shared ownership properties are not permitted
  • The following will not be considered:
    • Properties affected by HS2
    • Property where material environmental hazards are present
    • Properties affected by Japanese knotweed
    • Properties affected by overriding interest
    • Mobile homes and houseboats
    • Grade I (England & Wales) listed buildings
    • Less than 10 years old without NHBC/Zurich Municipal guarantees or architects certificate
    • Flats directly above food premises

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