COVID-19: We are here for you and want to keep you informed at this time  

Find out more about our continued service, support and how to contact us during Covid-19 on our Lifetime Mortgage and Over 50s Coronavirus support pages

Supporting you and your business

We recognise the changes we are all having to make and the huge impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on our lives, families and jobs.

Last updated: 05/11/2020

Our business continuity plans

This page provides you with the full details of how we are managing Lifetime Mortgage applications and valuations; we'll continue to update you on the new interim measures we will introduce so that you always have all the guidance you need to work with us.

Please see below a list of the areas which are changing.

Valuations

Onsite valuations are available for all of our Lifetime Mortgage products. Please find below some important aspects to note:

  • England lockdown: Connells will continue to undertake onsite valuations throughout the lockdown period, where it is safe to do so and in line with their risk assessment. This is set out in their guidance document.
  • Wales lockdown: Connells will continue to undertake onsite valuations through the short lockdown period where it is safe to do so, and the property occupier is happy and comfortable to allow access. Given estate agencies will be closed over the period, in the case of vacant properties the physical inspection will be reliant upon keys or attended access being available. Where occupiers are not comfortable to allow access and wish to defer, these inspections will be rescheduled from 9 November onwards.
  • All references to onsite valuations below assume your customers can fully comply with the risk assessment as set out by our Surveying partner Connells in their guidance document.
  • Onsite valuations are available for all new business and additional borrowing cases. However, if your customer can’t comply with the risk assessment (i.e. they are self-isolating or vulnerable) they can proceed with a desktop valuation subject to their property being suitable.
  • For cases that utilise an onsite valuation, the funds will be released as one lump sum upon completion.
  • Where desktop valuations are used, a retention of up to 15% of lending may be applied to Standard LTV new business cases and 10% to Lite LTV new business cases until an onsite valuation is carried out. For Super LTV cases, the maximum retention applicable is 10% and applies to both new business and additional borrowing. In order for the retained funds to be released, an onsite valuation is required to confirm the property value.

Solicitor appointments

OneFamily continues to accept the Equity Release Council's proposals for non face-to-face solicitor appointments for giving legal advice where it is not possible for this to be face-to-face. The full details following the ERC’s consultation can be found on their website here.

Wet signatures

As we announced in our email on 20 April, we do not require physical customer signatures to proceed with an application until further notice. Please find details in the Lifetime Mortgages Latest Processes document for how the process has changed so that you are aware of the requirements.

Changing our processes

For a complete breakdown of the changes we’ve implemented and how this impacts you as an Adviser, we have prepared a detailed guide for you.

Please read our Lifetime Mortgages Latest Processes document.

Changing our processes

For a complete breakdown of the changes we’ve implemented and how this impacts you as an Adviser, we have prepared a detailed guide for you.

Lifetime Mortgages Latest Processes

Important paperwork to send us?

All our teams are working remotely, therefore if you intend to send any documents to us, you can do this quickly and securely by emailing our usual address:

[email protected].

We will reply to you to confirm receipt of these items and keep you informed of our progress.

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We're here to help

Email

Lifetime Mortgages Adviser Support:
[email protected]

Lifetime Mortgages Underwriting:
[email protected]

Phone

Lifetime Mortgage Support:
0800 802 1645*

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Post

Lifetime Mortgage Support
16-17 West Street
Brighton
BN1 2RL

*Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. Free from UK landlines only