Combating for a mortgage when employer is on EWSS pandemic help

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My husband and I’ve been making an attempt to amass a mortgage since late 2019. Covid hit and our utility stalled. We ultimately had a letter of supply from Financial institution of Eire in October 2020 however they pulled it in April (simply as we have been about to drawdown) as I work within the hospitality sector.

We have been informed the appliance went on so lengthy that they needed to withdraw it and once I acquired again to work to reapply and they’d contact us finish of Might. By no means heard a phrase since from them, regardless of a number of makes an attempt from our facet.

I returned to work in June and lately obtained a pay rise. My husband has labored by way of the complete pandemic and has additionally lately obtained a pay rise.

We’ve been saving the identical quantity each month since October 2019. We contacted a dealer they usually stated that, since my employer is on the EWSS, we should always wait till he’s off it.

Nevertheless, now we have already discovered a property, and paid a €30,000 deposit. The acquisition value is €300,000. We’re on the lookout for €170,000 mortgage, as I’ve bought a property which is able to fund the remainder of the property value. We earn €60,000 per yr between us.

Will banks think about all this regardless that my employer continues to be on EWSS?

Or is it attainable to pay half the acquisition value now and when prepared to use for mortgage to pay the 2nd half then? Will banks settle for this when making use of for a mortgage of a home already half paid?

Ms J.Ok., e mail

With the financial system reopening as restrictions are lifted and everybody feeling upbeat on the again of the very profitable vaccination marketing campaign, it may be simple to neglect that many individuals are nonetheless being held within the grip of Covid.

Even the place they’re working, greater than 350,000 are, such as you, nonetheless in receipt of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS). These should not individuals who have chosen to assert welfare help however individuals affected by their employers’ choice to take action.

These are staff at firms whose 2021 turnover might be 30 per cent or extra down on the 2019 determine. Given the prohibition on indoor eating and non-essential journey till final month, this may embrace many companies within the hospitality and journey/tourism sectors of the financial system.

The numbers are falling however they’re nonetheless excessive.

The priority for lenders, in fact, is that these companies persevering with to make use of EWSS and different schemes are seen as most definitely to be vulnerable to failure.

It is a fairly simplistic method. The hospitality sector is simply a few weeks into some sort of regular so it’s comprehensible that firms on this space will take longer to step away from EWSS.

The dangerous information out of your viewpoint is that it does appear as if banks are very reluctant to tackle mortgage enterprise from individuals on the EWSS. They could say in any other case however banks will let you know one factor; the truth once you take them at their phrase will be fairly totally different.

The annoying factor for you is that in October 2020, seven months into the pandemic, Financial institution of Eire was blissful to approve a mortgage.

I’ve to say it has all of the hallmarks of going by way of the method with out the financial institution having had any actual intent to really sanction drawdown until your employer had emerged from EWSS.

You say Financial institution of Eire informed you your utility had gone on for thus lengthy that they needed to withdraw it. Their very own web site says in any other case. It states: “Our mortgage provides final for six months. This may typically be prolonged with out problem in case your circumstances haven’t modified.”

Your circumstances hadn’t modified however their view did.


I’m aware that you’ve got already spoken to a mortgage dealer but it surely may be price pursuing that avenue once more. They’re extra acquainted in coping with lenders and know how one can press the best buttons.

In your favour, though your organization continues to be within the EWSS scheme, your boss has raised your pay. That, in itself, offers some perception that the enterprise is optimistic concerning the future. In the event that they have been barely surviving, pay rises wouldn’t be on the agenda.

Additionally, you may have been saving steadily even because the mortgage rejection in order that displays in your favour. So too does the truth that you’re solely on the lookout for a mortgage to cowl lower than 57 per cent of the property worth and that on a loan-to-income foundation, the mortgage you search is simply 2.8 occasions your family revenue, nicely throughout the 3.5 occasions max allowed below the Central Financial institution guidelines.

That wriggle room ought to go a protracted strategy to offset a financial institution’s wariness over the EWSS challenge.

Take a look at it this fashion. You’ve gotten discovered the home you need to purchase; you actually have a deposit on it. You don’t have anything to lose by making use of and letting a dealer current the perfect case for you. In case you are turned down, you’re no worse off than you’re at the moment.

Half home

In your thought of shopping for half the house now and the steadiness later when your work scenario is extra to the liking of the banks, I can’t think about that may work. It will require the approval of the opposite get together – the house owner or developer and I simply can’t see why they’d agree.

I can’t see any challenge from the financial institution’s viewpoint in a mortgage on a half-bought home however I can’t see it getting that far.

The Authorities’s proposed shared fairness scheme will doubtless solely see them take a 20 per cent stake in properties and that’s provided that you possibly can’t meet the required mortgage on the idea of Central Financial institution guidelines. Your €170,000 mortgage is nicely throughout the Central Financial institution lending limits, given your family revenue of €60,000, in order that wouldn’t assist.

So attempt going by way of a dealer once more. If that fails, I’m undecided there may be something you are able to do besides wait till your employer exits the EWSS scheme. The difficulty is that costs are prone to have risen additional by then and, in fact, this property you may have set your eyes on will virtually actually have been bought elsewhere.

Please ship your queries to Dominic Coyle, Q&A, The Irish Occasions, 24-28 Tara Avenue, Dublin 2, or e mail This column is a reader service and isn’t meant to exchange skilled recommendation. No private correspondence might be entered into

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