What is Consumer buy-to-let?

The Mortgage Credit Directive Order 2015 defines a consumer buy-to-let (CBTL) mortgage contract as...

a buy-to-let mortgage contract which is not entered into by the borrower wholly or predominantly for the purpose of a business carried on, or intended to be carried on, by the borrower.

The legislation sets out a series of circumstances that would constitute a buy-to-let customer acting for the purposes of business, and therefore are not covered by the legislation.

These include where a customer:

  • Uses the mortgage to purchase a property with the intention of renting it out; or
  • Has previously purchased the property with the intention of letting it out, and neither the borrower nor a relative has ever inhabited it; or
  • Already owns another property that has been let out on the basis of a rental agreement

If any of the following circumstances apply, the application would qualify as a consumer buy-to-let mortgage contract:

  • Either the borrower or a relative has lived in the property since it was purchased; or
  • At the time of purchase, the intention was not for the property to be let out; or
  • The property was inherited, rather than purchased

Paragon will consider applications that qualify as consumer buy-to-let mortgage contracts, but these applications must be made through an intermediary. We will require our intermediary partners to hold the appropriate FCA permissions before submitting any consumer buy-to-let business to us

General Information

The name and address of the Lender:

Paragon Bank PLC, 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QJ

  • Credit is provided for the remortgage of residential property. Capital raising may be considered for all purposes concerning the owning and renting of residential property
  • Security is required in the form of a first legal charge over a single self-contained property in England, Wales or Scotland
  • Consumer buy-to-let mortgages are available for a minimum term of 5 years, and up to a maximum of 35 years
  • We offer a range of fixed and discounted rate consumer buy-to-let mortgages, where rates may be fixed or discounted for up to 5 years. Once the initial fixed or discounted period ends, the mortgage will revert to a variable rate for the remainder of the mortgage term

We also offer variable rate mortgages, often referred to as Trackers, where the interest rate will vary during the term of the mortgage.

Further information about the interest rates which are currently available and how and when these may be varied can be found in the latest version of our Buy-to-let product guide​, in our documents section.

  • We do not offer foreign currency consumer buy-to-let mortgages (including mortgages where repayment is made by the sale of assets held overseas)
  • A representative example displays the typical costs associated with our mortgage products.

Representative example:

A first charge capital repayment mortgage secured against your buy-to-let property

Total amount of loan:
£271,675 (including a product fee of £6,625, a funds transfer fee of £25, and an insurance contingency fee of £25 added to the loan at completion)

25 years (300 months)

5.60% fixed for 5 years (60 months), followed by a variable rate of 8.35% for the remaining 20 years (240 months)

Payment and frequency:
60 months at £1688.17, followed by 240 months at £2089.68

Total amount repayable:
£603,053.40, including interest of £331,138.40

The overall cost for comparison is 7.70%

For the purposes of this example, at the end of the fixed rate period, a variable rate of 8.35% has been assumed for the whole of the remaining term. However, please be aware that variable rates can go up or down, and the actual monthly payments and the total amount repayable could differ.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

  • There are a number of costs that are associated with a consumer buy-to-let mortgage which are not included in the total cost of credit:
    • A service fee payable to the acting intermediary
    • Legal fees payable to a solicitor/conveyancer, the exact amount may depend on the value of the property
    • There will be a fee to register the mortgage
    • A contingency fee payable to the Lender for validation of buildings insurance
    • Any amount which is paid towards a repayment vehicle to repay the capital on an interest only mortgage
  • We offer interest only, capital repayment and part interest only and part capital repayment (part and part) mortgages. Where an interest only or part interest only option is taken out, the borrower will need to make separate arrangements to repay the amount of mortgage owed at the end of the mortgage term. Where a capital repayment option is selected, the monthly mortgage payments will be set at such a level to ensure that the amount of mortgage is repaid at the end of the mortgage term.
  • Compliance with the terms and conditions of the consumer buy-to-let mortgage contract does not guarantee repayment of the total amount of credit due under the contract. Where the borrower has an interest only mortgage, the full capital balance will remain outstanding at the end of the mortgage term. Separate arrangements will need to be made to repay this amount.
  • The consumer buy-to-let mortgage may be repaid in full or in part at any time. If the mortgage is repaid early, an early repayment charge may become due. The amount of the charge will depend upon the type of product and when the mortgage is repaid. The offer of loan will clearly show whether an early repayment charge applies to the product selected, how long the charge will apply, and how that charge will be calculated. Depending on when the mortgage is repaid, there may also be a mortgage exit fee and deeds fee payable.
  • A security assessment and valuation report will be required to determine the suitability and value of the property for mortgage purposes. This will be arranged by the lender and may be subject to a fee, which will be payable by the borrower, prior to the valuation being carried out.
  • The borrower is not obliged to take any ancillary services from the Paragon Banking Group in order to qualify for a consumer buy-to-let mortgage contract. However, possession of suitable buildings insurance for the life of the mortgage is required. The borrower can choose to buy this insurance from any authorised insurer.
  • Non-compliance with the obligations under the mortgage contract such as late payments or defaulting on the mortgage may result in additional costs to the borrower. Full details of these costs will be included in the terms and conditions of the mortgage offer of loan and the Tariff of mortgage charges. Failure to keep to the terms of the mortgage could result in an impaired credit record, which could make it more difficult to obtain credit in the future.

If you have any queries, our current buy-to-let lending guidelines, product guide and mortgage conditions are available on our documents page.

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Paragon Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered in England number 05390593. Registered office 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QJ. Paragon Bank PLC is registered on the Financial Services Register under the firm reference number 604551