Posted on 16 April 2012 by Sharon
I am going through a divorce and do not earn enough to have the existing mortgage on the family home transferred into my name. I therefore need to sell and buy another smaller property, however I will still need another mortgage in my name, are there any lenders who will take extra sources of income into acccount and what are these likely to be? (ie Tax Credits, Child Maintenance, Spousal Maintenance, DLA etc....)?
As long as you have an earned income there are lenders who will accept benefit and maintenance payments when calculating how much you can afford to borrow. As a rule you can add 50% of any additional income to your earned income for benefits and 100% for maintenance payments. The actual figures will depend on how long you can expect to be in receipt of the benefit and in the case of maintenance also whether or not it is payable by court order.
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