You could still take out a mortgage even if you’ve had a CCJ
If you have a registered or settled County Court Judgement (CCJ), there are still mortgages available. As CCJs are issued when you haven’t paid money you owe, this can impact you taking out a mortgage. At Clever Mortgages we work with lenders that could accept your application.
A County Court Judgement (CCJ) is a court order that creditors can apply for against you if you don’t repay money owed. If the courts issue the CCJ, this means they agree with your creditor and will order you to pay the money back. You’ll usually have fair warning of this happening through a court summons and a CCJ will usually follow late payment notices and a default letter.
If you pay the full amount owed within one month of the CCJ being issued, it shouldn’t be recorded however if you fail to do this and your CCJ is recorded, it’ll stay on the register for 6 years.
Having a CCJ can be stressful and many people believe that this will totally prevent them from accessing credit, like a mortgage- but that isn’t always the case. Highstreet lenders rarely look favourably on credit issues like a CCJ, but there are plenty of specialist lenders who take your current financial situation into account, taking a more open approach and considering all factors. Our brokers have access to these lenders, meaning they could help you find a mortgage even after a CCJ.
Factors to consider:
Specialist lenders will look more towards your circumstances and consider:
Is the CCJ satisfied?
Getting a mortgage with a satisfied CCJ will be far easier, but this doesn’t define your chances. If you’re still in a CCJ lenders will look at:
How long ago was it
Specialist lenders will prioritise how recent the CCJ was when considering you for a mortgage. Many require that any CCJ was settled within the last 12 months. However, the more time since the CCJ was registered, the higher your chances are of getting a mortgage.
The amount of the CCJ
The size of the CCJ is typically less important to the lender than the date of registration; however, it is still taken into consideration. If the CCJ is over 3 years old then any value is usually considered. However, if the CCJ is within 2 years old then it is typically limited to around £2,500 and if it’s within the last year a maximum of £1,000.
There are steps you can take to help increase your chances of getting a mortgage with, or after a CCJ.
Keep up repayments:
Make sure you keep up all credit and CCJ repayments. Missing payments can impact your credit score further and could risk your creditor taking further action. Keeping up your repayments can help show potential lenders that you can be a responsible borrower and over time will help repair your credit score.
Avoid multiple credit applications:
If you’re looking for a mortgage with a CCJ, you might struggle to find a mainstream lender that will accept your application and making several failed applications in a short space of time can impact your credit report.
Going through a specialist bad credit broker like Clever Mortgages can help you find lenders that are likely to accept your application, sometimes accessing better rates and deals through the specialist lenders we work with.
Close old accounts:
If you’ve got any old credit accounts that you’re not using, make sure you close them. Having many open accounts can negatively impact your credit score, so closing unused ones can help boost your score.
Like with all credit agreements repayment ability is a big factor. Having stable employment, or consistent employment in the same field helps boost your application and make you a more attractive borrower.
Keep track of your credit report:
Whilst Clever Mortgages can run a credit report for you, there are three main credit reference agencies in the UK, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. You can view your credit report online using these agencies. Your credit report shows you what lenders can see when they’re considering you for credit, and keeping track of your report can help you better understand your credit and what influences it.
Save up a large deposit:
Whilst it might be difficult at the time of experiencing a CCJ. As with most bad credit circumstances, a large deposit vastly increases your chances of getting your mortgage application approved. With a large deposit, it means the amount you need to borrow is less, resulting in a lower LTV ratio. A lower LTV makes you a better prospect and less risky for a lender, meaning you’re more likely to get a better interest rate.
Unless paid within 30 days, a recorded CCJ will stay on your credit report for 6 years and can negatively impact your credit score. You’ll also need to take into account the late payment notices and default that would have occurred leading up to your CCJ which will appear on your credit report.
Late payments: a late payment recorded on your credit report will stay there for 6 years, however the impact it has on your score reduces with time.
Defaults: a default will also last 6 years from the date of default.
If you miss payments on your CCJ, further action can be taken against you. This could include:
- Using bailiffs to take control of your belongings
- Obtaining an ‘attachment of earnings order’, where the creditor takes deductions from your wages before you receive them
- If your debt is a secured loan, the creditor could seek to repossess your property
It’s important to meet all repayments on a CCJ. If you can’t afford to pay it in full, you can usually agree on a monthly instalment plan with your creditor.
For free initial advice from our qualified mortgage brokers about a mortgage after an IVA, call 0800 197 0504 or click below to request a callback at a time to suit you.
Securing a mortgage for one customer who’d previously been declined because of a CCJ
We help customers do just that. Our customer Mr Z was able to:
Take out a mortgage of almost £300,000 even though his wife had a CCJ and other previous defaults Secure a fixed rate of 1.73% for the initial 5 years Complete the purchase of his property in just one month
Mr Z wanted to buy a property but had previously been declined for a mortgage as his wife had bad credit, including a CCJ. At Clever Mortgages, we enabled him to:
Another reason why the couple’s previous mortgage application had been declined was because the new property was next door to the home of another family member.
Having access to so many products though meant we were able to secure a mortgage with a lender which was happy to offer them a mortgage despite the CCJ, previous defaults and the property’s proximity to another family home.
Completing the purchase within just one month was another factor which made this case so successful for the couple.
|New Mortgage||£297,000||£1,006.27||1.73%||5 year fixed rate||32 years|
|New Mortgage||£63,900||£362.86||3.09%||2 year fixed rate||20 years|
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