Can I release Equity from My Parents Home?

Answered on 10 December 2018 by Nick Morrey


I want to release equity from my home/my parents home as they own it outright to use as a deposit for a new mortgage. I’m wondering about the implications of doing it from mine or my parents.


Using Your Parents Home As Equity

It’s important to note that depending which way you decide to go will heavily impact what you need/implications. If we take the scenario of your parents home - any borrowing secured on your parent's house will have to be in their names. There are some lenders will also allow you to be named as an additional party on the loan, but this will not affect the property title.

Lenders will want to be sure that your parents are not being coerced into borrowing and whilst you may be able to either guarantee or be named as a joint borrower, depending on their ages it may make it difficult for you to raise a loan.  The usual requirement is that any mortgage is repaid by the age of 75 and that your parents must be able to afford the mortgage based on their pension incomes.

Any borrowing on your parents home could adversely affect your siblings estate should they die during the mortgage term.  For this reason it is recommended that you discuss your proposals with all your family and that your parents take independent legal advice before entering into any loan agreement.

It's also good to know that with your current property, you may be able to remortgage to raise funds or it may be possible to raise money against the new property, but the rate and type of loan will depend on numerous factors.

For more information on remortgaging – please see our remortgaging guide.

I believe we can help you and that you would benefit from speaking to one of our independent mortgage advisers.  Please call 0344 346 3672 one of our consultants will then be able to help you find the right mortgage for your situation.

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