Can you get a second charge on a property with equity release?

Answered on 12 June 2016 by Nick Morrey


As an existing equity release lifetime morgtagee currently with loan to value of 17.3% with unused cash facility of £65K which would take total L/V to 30.7% including ERC of £12K, I am seeking to raise a further £50K on an interest only mortgage for a period of up to 7 years. I am currently 68 years old, house value £485k jan 2012 by RICS's valuation. Which Equity Release companies if any will allow a second charge on property in these circustances?


Equity release companies that allow a second charge

Unfortunately there are not any listed equity release companies that will consent to a second charge being registered on your property. Usually the reason for this is the equity between how much you have borrowed and the property value forms a safety net and the means to repay the existing debt in the future.

If you are over a certain age, it is not unreasonable to expect you to live for the term and with an addition requirement to raise additional funds, it's understandable why Equity Release lenders would not allow a second charge or lend you more at this stage.

Alternative ways to raise money on your property

Depending on your earned / retirement income it may be possible to arrange an ordinary mortgage to repay your existing debt and early repayment charges.

You could benefit from speaking to one of our independent mortgage advisers.  Please call 0344 346 3672 to speak to an adviser about this further, and feel free to read our borrowing into retirement guide.

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