Can you buy an over 55s property for a parent or grandparent?

Answered on 7 July 2019

I need some advise on buying a property with an over 55 years age restriction on the resident. Myself and my husband wish to buy this property and my grandparent will reside in it, but we would need a minimal mortgage of approx 50% LTV, on a property worth £70,000. Can you help please?

Over 55 Retirement Properties

It may be worth taking a look at our borrowing into retirement guide.

These retirement properties are very difficult to place when it comes to getting a mortgage and the majority are bought for cash when people downsize.  The problem for lenders is the age restriction means they have less chance of achieving a quick sale if the property is repossessed.

If you haven’t retired yet, you may need your pension provider to give confirmation of:

  • Your expected retirement date
  • Your current pension pot value
  • Your expected retirement income

However, as you are putting down 50% of the property value I think there would be a good chance of finding a lender willing to take the risk and lend you the money.  They will want to be sure that the restriction only applies to occupancy, not ownership and that you have sufficient income to be able to support this mortgage along with any existing credit commitments that you already have.

Before going ahead you may wish to consider what will happen when you come to sell the property, it is very likely any prospective buyers are going to have the same difficulty raising a mortgage as you.

I do believe we can help you and that you would benefit from speaking to one of our independent mortgage advisers.  Please call 0330 433 2927 and we will then be able to help you find the right solution.

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