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Government and Lenders Reach Consensus on 12-Month Repossession Grace Period

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Monday June 26, 2023

In the aftermath of a meeting between Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and prominent mortgage lenders, an agreement has been reached to help borrowers struggling to meet their mortgage repayments. The measures include:

  • A 12-month grace period provided to borrowers facing financial difficulties before repossession takes place.
  • For those borrowers who modify their repayment terms or switch to interest-only plans, they will have the option to reverse these decisions within six months without any adverse effects on their credit rating.

Hunt emphasised the importance of individuals approaching their banks or lenders to discuss available options without worrying about any negative impact on their credit rating.

Hunt highlighted two specific groups of concern. Firstly, those at significant risk of losing their homes due to falling behind on mortgage payments. Secondly, individuals who need to alter their mortgages because their fixed-rate periods are ending and are apprehensive about the impact of higher mortgage rates on their family finances.

However, the discussion did not address changes in repossession policies within the rental market, leaving renters to face ongoing challenges amidst rising rental costs. At the same time, landlords grapple with mounting mortgage repayment expenses.

Paul Welch, CEO & Founder at, commented on the matter:

This development will certainly bring relief to individuals concerned about affordability when transitioning from a low-interest rate to a significantly higher one. However, it’s crucial to recognise that this is a temporary solution, as people’s debts persist, inflation remains high and interest rates may remain elevated. In that sense, it serves as a temporary measure rather than a definitive remedy.

Ultimately, this approach defers the problem to a later date and should not be seen as an effortless means to enhance disposable income, as the debt remains and necessitates a well-thought-out repayment plan.

Seeking advice from a specialist mortgage adviser before encountering difficulties is pivotal for ensuring long-term financial stability.

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