Lending criteria and customer
eligibility

intermediary information

Find out all about our lending criteria and customer eligibility.

This section contains an overview of our criteria. We aim to cover all relevant information however, if there is anything that you are unable to find or need some more information on then you should contact us on our Helpline.

You should contact us to discuss any applications outside of our standard lending criteria and customer eligibility prior to submitting an application.​​​​​​

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Affordability

We assess all applications on the applicant(s) ability and willingness to meet obligations. We will not grant credit facilities on the basis of security. The term of any facility must be in line with the purpose for which it is granted.

When analysing the applicant's creditworthiness, you must consider their:
  • present ability to repay the loan
  • future ability to repay the loan
  • willingness to repay the loan


In order to ensure that the customer can afford to repay their mortgage in the event that interest rates increase we also undertake a stress test to show the effect of this of their mortgage repayment. Before you submit an application, you must use our affordability calculator to check if the applicant meets the following criteria.
  • Net Disposable Income (including stress test)
  • LTV
  • Debt Service Ratio
Our Affordability Calculator

Bank of England Base Rate

Our mortgage rates are not linked to Bank of England Base Rate.

Bankruptcies

We generally do not accept applications where any of the applicants are currently bankrupt. Where an applicant is a discharged bankrupt please refer to ourselves for further information.

Base Rate Tracker

Our Base Rate Tracker mortgage tracks Danske Bank Base Rate (UK) by an agreed margin for the full term of the loan.

The interest rate will change immediately following a change in Danske Bank Base Rate (UK).

Breakdown of Loan

For the purposes of completing the mortgage application, this could be:
  • House purchase, amount and source of deposit
  • Remortgage, name of lender, balance outstanding, remaining term, type of repayment
  • Moving Home, including details of existing mortgage and agreed sale price if applicable
  • Debt consolidation, detail amount and breakdown of any additional funds required
  • Any element of additional borrowing, including purpose

Change in Title

For existing Danske Bank mortgage customers wishing to make a Change in Title, please refer to us.

Changes to Mortgage Application

Once the mortgage application has been made, if there are any changes to this application please refer to ourselves for further information. We may need you to create a new mortgage application.

If the applicant's original mortgage product has been withdrawn or changed, a new product must be selected.

CCJ's

Will be taken into account during the credit scoring process and further information relating to the circumstances should be provided.

Co-Ownership

Available with Northern Ireland Co-Ownership

Committed Expenditure

Please detail all committed expenditure on the application form:
  • Hire Purchase/Personal Loans
  • Childcare/Education Fees
  • Child Maintenance / Alimony payments
  • Credit Card (s) / Store Cards - if a credit card is not fully repaid each month you must include a minimum payment of 3% of the current balance on each store card and credit card
  • Car Insurance & Tax

Consumer Buy to Let

For Consumer Buy to Let applications, please refer to us.

Credit Scoring

All applications will be credit scored. We use information provided by Experian as part of our credit assessment.

Applicants can obtain their information by contacting Experian directly at:

Experian Limited
Consumer Help Service
PO BOX 8000
Nottingham NG80 7WF

Telephone number: 0844 481 8000

Customer Verification

All applications must be submitted with customer verification documents. You can find a list of the documents that we will accept to verify the ID and Address of a mortgage applicant in the Mortgage Intermediary Aide Memoire Mortgage Intermediary Aide Memoire *.

This document also advises you how to certify our documents.

Danske Follow-on Rate

All Fixed Rate mortgages effected on or after 26th June 2018 will automatically move to the Danske Follow-on Rate applicable to the loan at the end of the Fixed Rate period. Danske Follow-on Rate is a variable rate comprised of Danske Bank Base Rate (UK) currently 0.75%, plus a margin of 3.20%.

If the Fixed Rate mortgage was effected on or before the 25th June 2018, it will automatically move to our Standard Variable Rate, as outlined in the mortgage offer.

Decision In Principle (DIP)

We provide a Decision in Principle (DIP).

Debt Servicing Ratio (DSR)

A Debt Servicing Ratio (DSR) is a measurement of what percentage of a customer’s monthly income is required to service committed liabilities.

Debt Consolidation

We will normally only consider debt consolidation for our existing residential mortgage customers. Please refer to lender before creating the application.

Direct Debit Details

We do not offer direct debit mandates. The customer will be required to have a personal current account with us to service the mortgage.

If the customer's main bank account is with another lender, they will need to ensure that funds are in the account with another lender the business day before the mortgage repayment is due to be debited from their servicing account with us.

Distressed Sales and Leaseback

We do not accept applications involving a distressed sale and leaseback.

Early Repayment Charges

Early Repayment Charges only apply to our Fixed Rate mortgage products. An Early Repayment Charge (ERC) will apply if the customer repays the mortgage in part or in full, or transfers to one of our products during the fixed rate period. The ERC is calculated as a percentage of the capital balance outstanding at the date of redemption or, for lump sum payments, of the lump sum repaid.

The percentage charged will reduce throughout the Fixed Rate Period.

Lump sum payments can be made during the Fixed Rate Rate Period but are subject to an Early Repayment Charge.

Regular overpayments are not permitted during the Fixed Rate period.

Once the Fixed Rate period has expired there are no restrictions to making regular overpayments or lump sum payments.

For more information on Early Repayment Charges and Mortgage exit fees, please see our Tariff of Mortgage Charges section within the General Offer Conditions document.

Employment

We may consider applicants who are in Fixed Term, Agency or Permanent contracts – please refer to Income Documents to verify what proofs are required.

First Time Buyer (FTB)

A customer who has never previously owned a property which required finance. Where the application is joint, at least one party must meet this condition.

Foreign Currency Mortgages

The bank only provides mortgages in sterling.

Higher Lending Charge (HLC)

We do not impose a Higher Lending Charge, regardless of Loan to Value.

Income Documents

For all applications, copies of the following documentation is required:

Employed applicants

  • Payslips - Where an applicant is employed and income is regular and stable we will only require the most recent 1 month’s payslips. Where income varies, the applicant is paid in CASH/CHEQUE, is employed on a Fixed Term Contract, or where income from overtime/commission/bonus, or permanent contracted allowances feature, we will require the most recent 3 months' payslips.
  • Fixed Term Contracts (FTC) - Where an applicant is employed on a rolling FTC basis, we require the previous 3 years’ P60s.
  • Overtime/Commission/Bonus/Permanent Contracted Income - Where applicants rely on this type of income to service repayments we will require the most recent P60 to confirm Gross Income and most recent payslip to confirm Basic Income. If the additional income payments are not supported by the payslips and P60 we may require additional verifications, such as further payslips or a letter from the customers employer.
  • P60 – Customers paid in CASH/CHEQUE must provide their most recent P60.
  • In current Employment less than 12 months - We will require a letter on headed paper from employer or contract of employment confirming that the applicant is employed in a permanent capacity and confirming their basic gross annual salary and/or contracted hours and rate per hour.
  • Bank Statements - We will require the most recent 3 months’ bank statements for the applicant’s main transactional bank account (if the applicant’s main transactional bank account is not with Danske Bank.)
  • Mortgage Statement - Where the mortgage is being transferred from another lender, a copy of the latest annual mortgage statement (dated within the last 12 months) should be provided.


Self-employed customers should provide the following financial information:

  • 3 years’ most recent financial accounts
  • Most recent year’s HMRC Tax Calculation (SA302) and Tax Year Overview
  • If their core transactional personal account is not held with Danske Bank they should provide their last 3 month’s personal transactional account statements


If financial accounts are unavailable alternative sources of income verification may be acceptable, please contact us for guidance.

When assessing self-employed customers, gross income is to be calculated on average net profit over three years if the profit fluctuates. In the case of a deteriorating or improving trend, the most recent year’s results may more accurately reflect maintainable profit so these should be used. Where there are wide variations please contact us before proceeding.

Care should be exercised when dealing with partnerships to ensure only the applicant’s share of profit, before tax, is used as the starting point for your calculations.

DIRECTORS OF LIMITED COMPANIES

  • We will require the most recent 3 months’ payslips and most recent P60
  • If their core transactional personal account is not held with Danske Bank they should provide their last 3 months’ personal transactional account statements
  • If the director is also a shareholder we will require their last Tax Calculation (SA302) as it will detail all forms of income and a Tax Year Overview
  • If the director is also a shareholder we will require copies of the last 3 years’ financial accounts for the limited company


For further guidance on income accepted and documents required, please refer to us.

Income in Foreign Currency

We do not currently accept applications from Intermediaries where an applicant’s income, utilised for affordability, is not in Sterling.

Interest

Interest is calculated daily and charged quarterly in arrears.

Interest Only Mortgages

We do not accept applications for interest only mortgages.

Internal Switchers (Property Valuation)

Please contact ourselves to get an estimated valuation of the customer's property.

Investment Property Loans / Buy to Let

For Investment Property Loans / Buy to Let, please refer to us.

Leasehold

If leasehold, the property should have an unexpired term of more than 50 years at application. Where the remaining leasehold is less than 50 years, please contact us before submitting an application.

Length of Employment

If applicant is in employment for less than 12 months we will require a copy of their contract of employment to confirm that the applicant is in a permanent role.

Self employed applicants will be required to provide 3 years history (this refers to the last 3 years financial accounts for the business). Please refer to the 'Self Employed' section for further information.

Lending Limits / Loan to Value

Loan to value is based on percentage of purchase price or valuation (whichever is the lower)
  • First Time Buyers up to 95%
  • Home Movers & Remortgage up to 95%
  • Debt Restructure up to 80%

Additional criteria for First Time Buyers with a Loan to Value of between 90% and 95%:
  • Maximum loan amount of £200,000
  • Minimum 2 bedrooms
  • DSR (debt servicing ratio) less than or equal to 40% (this is in respect of all liabilities, Hire Purchase Agreements, Personal Loans, Credit Card repayments, Mortgage payments etc.)

Minimum / Maximum Age

  • Minimum - 18 years old
  • Maximum - Normal retirement age, unless retirement income meets affordability rules.


See section, 'Retirement'.

Minimum Loan

  • Minimum - £30k - our new mortgage customers
  • Minimum - £10k - our existing mortgage customers repackaging

Mortgage Arrears

Applications where previous mortgages have been in arrears will not normally be considered, however please refer to ourselves for further information.

Mortgage Illustration/European Standardised Information Sheet

The applicant(s) must have received a Mortgage Illustration before the application is submitted. A copy of our 'Home Loan General Offer Conditions' must be attached. Download General Offer Conditions and Tariff of Mortgage Charges *

Non UK/EEA Citizens

Applicant(s) must be a UK or EEA citizen, or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

They must be a permanent UK resident at the time the application is made.

Applications from Non UK/EEA citizens will not be considered unless both applicants are:

  • A citizen of a contry in the EEA (European Economic Area) or;
  • Where the applicant (in the case of joint applicants, both) has a permanent right of residency to remain in the UK that is not conditional on the requirment to have employment. Where it is attached to a working or highly skilled migrant visa, it will not be accepted. A copy of the visa page of the applicant's passport will be required to evidence this.


For joint applications where only one applicant is a UK or EEA citizen, and the other is not, the application may be considered but we will only use the income from the UK or EEA citizen.

Number of Applicants

There is a maximum number of 4 applicants in a single application.

Overpayments & Lump Sum Payments

Fixed Rate Mortgages

Regular overpayments are not permitted during the Fixed Rate period. Lump sum repayments are permitted, however these will be subject to an Early Repayment Charge. There are no restrictions on regular overpayments or lump sum payments outside the Fixed Rate period.

Base Rate Tracker

There are no restrictions on regular overpayments or lump sum payments. Following receipt of regular overpayments or lump sum payments, we will immediately recalculate the amount owed which means the customer gets the benefit straight away.

Payment Holidays

Payment holidays are generally not permitted.

Product Transfer

Our Product Transfer facility is available for customers with a maturing Fixed Rate mortgage and those with a Standard Variable Rate or Danske Follow-on Rate mortgage. For more information on our Product Transfer facility, please refer to the following Latest News article:

Product Transfer Facility

Portability

If a mortgage is portable it will be outlined in the Mortgage Illustration and Mortgage Offer Document.

To port a product, the new mortgage application must be received before the current mortgage is redeemed and completion must be simultaneous.

Where a mortgage is ported, the product terms and conditions continue to apply. Only the outstanding amount can be ported and any additional borrowing required must be on a current product.

Base Rate Tracker products are not portable.

Proof of Deposit

We will require documentary evidence of any deposit, where it is not coming from the simultaneous sale of a borrower's existing property.

We can accept deposits provided by gift, please refer to the section 'Third Party Interest' for further information.

We do not normally accept deposits provided by loans, however please refer to ourselves for further information.

Property Types

We generally accept applications for a property of any standard construction. High rise flats will not normally be considered.

Property Valuation Calculator

For remortgages (switchers), to give an indication of approximate property value in the absence of local house price knowledge, you may use Property Valuation Tool. However a professional valuation will be required and the value from this will be used for pricing and collateral purposes.

Property Valuation Calculator

Rental Property Income

Rental Property Income will be considered subject to the provision of evidence of income from the applicant. Confirmation will also be required that tax affairs are up to date.

Retirement

Maximum term is 30 years or advised retirement age, whichever is sooner. Loans may be extended beyond retirement age provided that sufficient income, including private pension or state pension income, can be demonstrated after retirement age to evidence serviceability.

This concession does not, however, allow the maximum loan term of 30 years to be exceeded.

For joint applications, advised retirement applies to:-

  • Main income earner if serviceability is based on this income alone, or
  • Both applicants if serviceability is dependent upon both incomes.

Retirement Home Plan / Lifetime Mortgage

We do not offer Retirement Home Plans or Lifetime Mortgages.

Right to Buy

We can only accept Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) applications through this channel.

Security

The standard security will be the property subject to purchase / remortgage. Additional Security may be required.

Self-Build

Self-build Mortgages are available through our direct channels. Please refer the applicant(s) directly to us.

We will, however, consider applications for converting the applicant(s) Self Build facility to a mortgage when the home is nearing completion.

Self Certification

We do not allow self certification.

Shared Equity

We do not currently offer shared equity mortgages.

Solicitor

We do not have a solicitor panel. Applicants must appoint their own solicitor, who must be registered with the Law Society.

Standard Variable Rate

If the Fixed Rate mortgage was effected on or before the 25th June 2018, it will authomatically move to our Standard Variable Rate.

Danske Bank Standard Variable Rate is not linked to the Bank of England Base Rate.

Sub Sales / Buyback

We do not permit Sub Sales or Buyback.

Third Party Interest

Where a third party interest is identified the Bank will need to be satisfied this is captured. Please contact us for further information if required.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must receive a copy of our 'Home Loan General Offer Conditions' with their Mortgage Illustration.

Download General Offer Conditions and Tariff of Mortgage Charges *

Transfer of Equity

Please refer to ourselves for further information before creating the application.

Valuation

A Professional Valuation is mandatory for all purchase, remortgage (switcher) and Co-Ownership applications. If the customer is an existing Danske Bank mortgage customer switching products, they will not normally require a professional valuation.
The bank will appoint a valuer who will undertake the valuation. Please refer to ourselves if a client would prefer / requires the following:

  • Home Buyers Report
  • Full Structural Survey
  • NI Co-Ownership Housing Association purchases. (NICOHA valuations are not acceptible)

The valuation fee will always be paid by the applicant(s). If, for any reason, the loan does not drawdown, the applicant(s) will still be required to pay the valuation fee.

The valuer appointed will contact the customer by phone to arrange payment directly to the valuer, prior to carrying out valuation of the property.
Important Information

When a customer takes out a mortgage they are borrowing against the value of their home. When they come to sell their home they will need to use the sale's proceeds to repay their outstanding mortgage balance. Be aware that if the value of their home falls below the balance of their mortgage, then they will have to pay us the difference if they want to sell their home.  

Details of fees, service charges and interest rates that may apply to Danske Bank personal current accounts can be obtained from any Danske Bank branch and on our website at www.danskebank.co.uk​​​.​

* Lines open: 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri, except on bank holidays or other holidays in Northern Ireland when the bank is not open for business. Call charges may vary – please refer to your phone company for more details. We may record or monitor calls to confirm details of our conversations, and for training and quality purposes.

Information on this page is solely for mortgage intermediaries registered with us.
This intermediary website may contain links to our customer website. Content on that website is intended for customers and prospective customers and not for intermediaries.
 
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