MortgagesNov 12 2015

Natwest to ditch KFI two months early

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Natwest to ditch KFI two months early

Natwest Intermediary Solutions has confirmed that it will be implementing the requirements of the European Mortgage Credit Directive from mid-January 2016, two months ahead of the 21 March deadline.

This will begin using the new European Standardised Information Sheet (ESIS) documentation, to be known in the UK as the Mortgage Illustration, replacing the current Key Facts Illustration (KFI) to minimise any pipeline impacts.

The Mortgage Illustration will include additional disclosures for customers to ensure that they fully understand the mortgage product they are taking out and the risks of future interest rate increases.

Natwest will also be calculating the new annual percentage rate of charge (APRC) and second APRC in accordance with the guidance received from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, with both forming part of the Mortgage Illustration.

The Mortgage Credit Directive introduces regulated consumer buy-to-let for buy-to-let remortgage customers not acting for business purposes.

Natwest promised to continue to apply a consent-to-let for its existing mortgage customers letting out a property on a residential mortgage.

As a result, demand for consumer buy-to-let is expected to be low, according to the lender, so it plans to monitor the emerging market and make a decision on whether to introduce consumer buy-to-let mortgages towards the end of 2016.

Natwest will also add a new disclosure to buy-to-let sales and offer illustrations to make customers aware that their loan will be unregulated. The new seven-day reflection period will be built into existing offer process and give customers the option of waiver where required, so little impact is anticipated on current processes.

The bank will continue to consider applications from UK-based customers who receive income in a foreign currency and will include a question on the mortgage application to establish whether customers receive any of their income in a non-Sterling denominated currency.

It will monitor only the primary non-Sterling denominated currency for each mortgage. For interest only mortgages, it will continue to accept only Sterling-based repayment strategies, but will accept foreign currency income.

Sarah Taylor, service development manger at the firm, added that they believe it is sensible to adopt the requirements in mid-January well ahead of the deadline. “By switching directly to the new Mortgage Illustration, it will mean making only one change to our systems which has to be good news for intermediaries.”

Yesterday, Lloyds announced its plans to have all brands within its group to be ready for next March.

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