Almost half of buy to let brokers still not up to speed with new lending criteria for landlords

Almost half of buy to let brokers still not up to speed with new lending criteria for landlords
19/09/2017 , by , in INTERNATIONAL

Just over half of buy to let brokers understand what the new portfolio landlord application rules are and how they will apply to their business when they are introduced in October, new research shows.

But while the majority of brokers are fully up to speed, some 31% are unsure what exactly it means for their business and 13% don’t know when the changes kick in, according to the research from Kent Reliance, part of the specialist lending group OneSavings Bank.

Many of those in the know foresee more administrative legwork and business uncertainty, but twice as many believe the new rules will create opportunities.

Overall 54% of brokers are comfortable that they fully understand what the upcoming PRA changes for portfolio landlords entail but that means that 46% still don’t understand everything they need to know.

The changes, which were announced in September 2016, will see a new minimum underwriting standard introduced for landlords with four or more properties as of 01 October 2017. Under the new rules, portfolio landlords, and their brokers, will need to provide detailed information on the cash flows and costs arising from multiple tenancies.

However, with less than a month until the deadline, the survey also found that 13% admitted that while they were aware of the changes, they do not know when they are coming into effect, while 31% had heard of the new rules but didn’t fully understand how to apply them to their business and just 2% had not heard of them.

Those brokers that are already in the know are optimistic about the opportunities the new framework will create and 29% believe the PRA rules will increase future opportunities compared to 14% who think it will reduce overall buy to let transactions.

Whatever the eventual outcome, some teething pains are expected. Some 29% anticipate that more applications will be rejected in the short term, 23% believe the extra administrative burden will cause the application process to slow down, with just 4% predicting that it will have no impact at all.

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