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Hodge makes criteria changes across its entire specialist mortgage range

7th June 2024

Specialist lender moves to accept annexes across its mortgage range and increases age of first death stress on its 50+ product

The specialist lender has increased the first death stress on its 50+ product and enhanced criteria for annexes across its wider range.

Hodge has made changes across its 50+, Retirement Interest Only (RIO) Holiday Let and Professional Mortgage property criteria.

The term ‘death stress’ is well known to intermediaries operating in the later life lending space where joint borrowers over the age of 50 are concerned about lending into retirement. This stress test ensures the mortgage remains affordable for the surviving customer in the event of the death of their partner.

This enhancement is based on a recent review of ONS data and an uplift in life expectancy enabling the lender to increase the age at which the first death stress is applied up to age 87.

In addition, the lender will now lend on properties that have one fully self-contained annexe. These can now be accepted providing they are:

•        Let on a short-term basis for holiday letting


•        Occupied by related parties to the property owner (family)

The move comes as Hodge recognises the number of homes with annexes in the UK is on the rise due to an increase in cross-generational living caused by childcare costs, an increasing number of families supporting their children in saving for their own property, and greater numbers of people working from home.

Jonathan Matthews, head of property risk, says: “We continue to see demand for properties with a self-contained annexe as families look to support one another intergenerationally. This change represents further flexibility in our property criteria, removing any ambiguity around annexes for your customers.”

Emma Graham, business development manager, says: “This enhancement will enable customers to spread their mortgage across a longer mortgage term, , making monthly payments more affordable as they lend up to and into their retirement.

“We continually strive to incorporate and reflect on the feedback we receive from brokers. By implementing these latest changes, we aim to better support customers who need more flexible lending arrangements, especially in the current challenging market conditions.”

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Kath Chadwick or Jess Childs at Front Door Communications on[email protected]/[email protected] and 029 20 020360 or 07703 110947.

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