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If you're having trouble making your mortgage payments call us as soon as possible so we can try to help you. We'll be able to discuss your circumstances and could offer help to meet your individual needs.
Alternatively we have set up a facility which enables borrowers to discuss their financial situation with Payplan, an independent money advisor.
Payplan is the UK's leading provider of free debt management arrangements. They are experts in helping people in financial difficulty, providing realistic and affordable ways of solving debt problems. They have a comprehensive range of solutions under one roof to help keep people in their homes, repay their unsecured debts and reduce their expenditure. They also provide ongoing support so that everyone has the best chance of becoming debt-free and staying that way.
If you haven't already been in touch with us, we'll contact you as soon as possible to discuss your situation. We'll consider your circumstances and may be able to:
We will provide you with full details on how these options work and give you time to consider any changes. If we can't offer you any of these options we will explain why. In addition:
If we are unable to offer any of these options we might agree to you remaining in the property to sell the property yourself.
You may want to talk to a professional adviser, such as a financial adviser or a solicitor, before you change your mortgage arrangements. We would strongly advise that you seek independent, free debt advice.
You may be thinking about handing your keys back to us. If you do this, you will still be responsible for paying the mortgage until the property is sold. If your house sells for less than you owe, your mortgage won't be fully repaid and you will still owe us the amount that is left. Please discuss this option with us before taking such action.
We understand that sometimes you may face some financial difficulties. In the unfortunate event you are unable to make your mortgage payments, you may incur some charges. The tables below outline our charges in the event that you are unable to pay your mortgage (arrears), such as those covering unpaid/returned direct debits or cheques. There are also charges relating to repossession of the property and typical litigation and possession fees and costs.
|Fee||When This Fee Is Payable||Amount|
|Monthly Arrears Charge||This may be charged if your mortgage account falls into arrears by two or more monthly payments, unless there is an arrangement in place to fully repay the arrears and it is being maintained||£35 per month, per account|
|Third Party Field Agents appointment||An appointment for a representative of ours who visits you at home to discuss your mortgage account, financial position and circumstances||£80|
|Missed third party Field Agents appointment||A cancelled or missed appointment with a field agent||£60|
|Property Inspection||Property inspection to identify occupancy and/or property condition||£55|
|Address Confirmation||This fee will be charged where it is necessary for us to trace your current whereabouts||up to £100|
If we need to ask our solicitors to recover any missed payments, litigate or start Court proceedings to obtain possession of your home, you will be liable for all their fees, costs and expenses. Listed below are the standard costs. You will also be liable for any additional non-standard or other third party costs. These will vary depending on circumstances. You will be liable for all costs and expenses we incur. As a guide only, for properties in England and Wales, typical litigation costs can be in the region of £800.
|Fee Per Solicitor Instructed To:||When This Fee Is Payable||Amount|
|Commence legal action||Notify you in writing of our instructions to commence legal action||£25|
|Issue proceedings||Issue Court proceedings and apply for a hearing date||£75|
|Preparation||Prepare for the Court hearing date||£60|
|Attend hearing||Arrange attendance at the Court hearing and dealing with the outcome||£25|
|Adjournment||Adjourn the Court hearing date||£60|
|Monitoring||Monitor the payment terms of the Suspended Possession Order. Charged per each unbroken period of monitoring.||£50|
|Enforcement||Enforce the Possession Order and obtain an eviction date||£25|
|Attendance for eviction||Instructions to solicitors to arrange attendance on the day of eviction||£60|
Instructions to solicitors to suspend a warrant for possession:
|Cancellation of Eviction||Cancelling the eviction after 5pm on the day before the eviction||£125|
If we obtain possession of your home you will be liable for all our solicitors', agents' and other third parties' fees and all other associated costs and expenses. These include costs in connection with the management, maintenance and the sale of the property. We may also need to instuct agents to carry out investigative work. The list below sets out the standard costs. You will also be liable for any additional non-standard costs and charges. These will vary depending on circumstances. You will be liable for all costs and expenses we incur. As a guide only, typical sale in possession costs are in the region of £3000.
|Fee||When This Fee Is Payable||Amount|
|Possession Administration fee||Administrative costs for managing the sale of the property||£300|
|Valuation cost||Report from a RICS qualified surveyor of the estimated market value of the property and suggested marketing price. Two valuations will be obtained.||£100 per valuation|
|Estate Agent/Auctioneer Commission||Recommendation of the proposed selling price and marketing strategy, advertising and agreeing a sale either through private treaty or an auction sale||1.5% of sale price (minimum fee £1,000)|
|Solicitors Costs for a standard sale||Solicitors conveyancing costs for checking the title to the property, preparing a contract, exchange and completion of the contract.||£300|
|Withdrawal Fee||For instructing the asset manager to take the property off the market||£150 plus costs|
|Energy Performance Certificate||Charge for the compilation of an Energy Performance Certificate required by a buyer before the property can be marketed||£59|
|Property management costs||Charged following possession of the property for changing locks, draining and switching off systems, and clearance of property in preparation for sale||£400|
|Garden maintenance||Garden maintenance whilst the property is marketed for sale during seasonal months: April – October||£50 per visit|
To arrange an accompanied visit to remove remaining items from the property
|Auction Entry Fee||Fee for entering a property into an auction sale||£250|
|Solicitors costs - abortive sale||Solicitors costs where an offer is withdrawn||£50|
|Solicitors costs - distributing surplus proceeds||Solicitors costs in establishing identity of the entitled person to whom the surplus should be paid, and distribution of surplus proceeds||£50|
|Solicitors costs - distributing surplus proceeds||Solicitors costs in establishing identity of the entitled person to whom the surplus should be paid, including tracing and distribution of surplus proceeds||£125|
|Solicitors costs - payment of surplus proceeds into Court||Solicitors costs to make payment of surplus proceeds into Court||£250|
The arrears, litigation and possession fees are for properties in England and Wales. Fees will vary for properties in Northern Ireland and Scotland. These fees quoted for arrears management, litigation and possession are subject to VAT. The fees will be added to your mortgage balance.
Further details of when fees apply can be found in our booklet 'How Your Mortgage Works', which is available in branch.
If we take action to enforce the terms of the mortgage, you will be responsible for payment of all fees (including legal fees, which will be added to your mortgage balance). The fees payable will depend upon the type of action we have to take.
For information about mortgage valuations, the different types of inspections and their associated costs, please read Mortgage valuations.
Some companies may offer you new loans or even invite you to sell your property to them and then lease it back as a way of resolving your short-term financial difficulty. Please be careful, as such actions may not be in your best interests in the long term. We would advise that you seek independent advice before entering into any arrangement of this type.
If you have concerns about how we have dealt with your case please use our complaints procedure to make us aware of any problems. We'll do our best to address things quickly and fairly.
Our complaints procedure meets the requirements of both the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
Speak to one of our friendly mortgage advisers about your options