A mortgage payment holiday is a break from paying your mortgage. Payment holidays will not have a negative impact on your credit file. However, you should remember that lenders may use information obtained from other sources, such as bank account information, in their lending decisions.
You should only apply if you are experiencing difficulties in making your mortgage payments.
If you are currently on a payment holiday or part payment holiday you can only apply for another one in the final month of your existing payment break.
How will this impact my future mortgage payments?
If you take a mortgage payment holiday you won’t make mortgage payments for up to 3 months. During this period interest will continue to be charged at your existing interest rate(s) and the total amount of interest you pay over the term of the mortgage will increase.
This will result in a higher mortgage balance than if you’d not taken out a holiday. At the end of your payment holiday we’ll recalculate your payments over your remaining term, taking this increase into account.
In this way, if you have a repayment mortgage the new monthly payment will ensure you repay the full outstanding balance by the end of your existing mortgage term by spreading the payments you haven’t made over your remaining term.
There may be other ways for you to repay the payments you’ve missed, for example making a lump sum payment. But don’t worry, before your payments are due to start we will write to you with more details.
What could this mean for my mortgage?
Payment holidays can help with a temporary reduction in outgoings. However, your mortgage balance will increase and you will pay more over the term of your mortgage.
Paying something towards your mortgage each month is better than paying nothing, as it will reduce the total amount you pay over the term of your mortgage. If you can afford to pay part of your monthly payment then you should.