A poor credit rating can be a major barrier to getting a remortgage, but the good news is, there are lenders who are prepared to help those whose applications may be refused elsewhere. It might not seem fair but even having a big deposit in place and a decent salary isn't enough to guarantee you a mortgage. If you have a bad credit score, then your application is likely to be refused. Banks and building societies are cautious about who they lend to, so they always check credit reports carefully to see if potential mortgage customers have defaulted on any debt payments in the past. They will also look for any County Court Judgments (CCJs) against you, or if you have ever filed for bankruptcy.
If any of these scenarios apply, the chances are you won't be eligible for most mortgage deals – even if your financial problems occurred a long time ago. There are some mortgages however, which are specifically designed for those whose credit history is far from perfect. These are often known as sub-prime mortgages or adverse credit mortgages, and are generally offered by lenders specialising in this market.
If you think you may have a poor credit history or an adverse credit rating, you can obtain a free credit report from one of the following:
Once you have your report, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org giving details of the type of mortgage you require and your personal circumstances, and one of our specialist advisors will be in contact to discuss your specific situation.
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