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Can Universal Credits be counted towards my mortgage affordability?

The Universal Credit system was introduced to replace several existing benefits and tax credits with a single payment. It is designed to provide financial support to individuals and families on low incomes or who are unemployed.
Under the Universal Credit system, eligible claimants receive a monthly payment that includes various components, such as a standard allowance, additional amounts for housing costs, children, and disabilities. The amount received is based on factors such as income, savings, and household circumstances.
Universal Credit aims to simplify the welfare system and make work more financially rewarding by gradually reducing benefits as individuals earn more from employment. It also encourages claimants to actively seek work or increase their working hours.
There are mortgage lenders who will consider using some or all of your Universal Credits towards your affordability, although there are several factors that will determine whether a mortgage lender will allow this income to form part of your affordability, such as:
  • The age of children the benefits are received for, especially if they are aged 14 or older, as the benefits will stop long before a typical mortgage would end.
  • Housing allowance will invariably cease once a property has been purchased. Therefore, most mortgage lenders will not consider this element of your Universal Credit.
  • What proportion of your total income is made up from government benefits. If there is an over reliance on the universal credits, mortgage lenders may consider this higher-risk and decline to use this as part of your income.
To understand how much you can borrow, we’d recommend that you speak with us, as our team has a wealth of experience in arranging mortgages for clients that receive benefit income.

What evidence will I need?

You will need to provide the most recent 3 months Universal Credit statements, which you can obtain from the website linked below:
1. Log in to https://www.universal-credit.service.gov.uk/sign-in
2. Click ‘Payments’
3. Click on the most recent statement
4. You can then select the option to ‘Print to PDF’ or ‘Save as PDF’
5. Repeat to complete the most recent 3 months.

A mortgage is a loan secured against your home or property. Your home or property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other loan secured on it. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate most forms of buy to let mortgage.

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