Can My Mortgage be Withdrawn If I’m Made Redundant?

Yes, your lender can pull your mortgage offer if you lose your job before completion. 

Getting a mortgage relies heavily on proving you can afford the repayments with your income. 

If you lose that income, the main reason they approved the mortgage disappears. That said, depending on your situation, your lender might be willing to review and adjust your mortgage instead of cancelling it altogether.  

The key is to be honest with them about your situation as soon as possible.

Image to show that you need to be honest with your mortgage lender about your job situation.

Honesty Really Is the Best Policy

Some people may be tempted to try and hide a job loss from their mortgage lender, hoping it will ALL go through before the bank cottoned on. 

But not only is this fraudulent, it’s incredibly risky.

Mortgage lenders can check your employment and finances anytime before the completion. 

If they find out you hid a job loss, they can cancel your mortgage offer right away.  

Worse yet, they might flag you with *CIFAS (Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System), which makes getting any credit very hard in the future.

So as shocking as losing your job might be during this critical period, being open and transparent from the get-go is crucial. 

Lenders know that redundancies happen—concealing it is only going to make the situation far worse.

*CIFAS (Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System)

A UK organisation that keeps a list of fraud cases to help banks stop fraud. If you have a CIFAS record, it can make getting a mortgage harder due to increased scrutiny from lenders.

What Will My Lender’s Response Be?

A job loss doesn’t automatically mean your mortgage offer is gone. 

If you’re honest with your lender, they’ll likely try to find ways to keep your purchase on track. The key is having other sources of income

For example, if you’re buying with a partner and only one of you loses a job, your combined income might still be enough. Significant savings or a new job offer soon can also reassure them.

The lender will need to review your finances again, including income, expenses, debts, and any changes to your deposit amount. 

Depending on the new situation, they might ask for a BIGGER deposit.

If your new finances meet their requirements, they’ll reissue the mortgage offer, possibly with changes to the loan size or interest rate.

Image to show that Lenders might check your finances again if you lose your job after exchanging contracts. If you still meet their criteria, maybe because you have other income sources, a joint application, big savings, or a new job offer, they might offer you a new mortgage. This new offer could have changes in the loan amount or interest rate.

How Long Will This Process Take?

Getting your mortgage reassessed will likely delay your house purchase.

Since there’s often a tight deadline between exchanging contracts and completing the sale, any delay in the lender’s review might be unacceptable to the seller.

This is why it’s vital to keep your estate agent and the seller’s solicitors updated. They might be willing to push back the completion date a bit if there’s a good chance the sale will still go through. 

However, if the delays seem too long, you might be forced to pull out of the sale altogether.

In that case, you’ll lose your 10% deposit (remember, contracts are already exchanged) along with any fees you’ve paid for conveyancing, surveys, brokers, and your mortgage application.

It’s a financial setback, but income protection or mortgage insurance could help ease the burden.

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Have a Backup Plan If It All Falls Through

If the seller won’t budge on the completion date and you can’t get an extension, you might have to pull out of the sale and lose your deposit. The goal then is to limit the damage.

Losing your job while buying a house is a big blow. It can cost you a lot of money. But by being honest with your lender, you can still keep your dream of homeownership alive, even if it’s delayed.

If the lender can’t help you, you’ll need to restart the house-buying process from scratch. It’s disappointing, but not the end. 

Once you’re back on your feet financially, you might be able to consider other options you couldn’t before, like using a mortgage guarantor, getting a longer fixed-rate mortgage, or exploring shared ownership schemes.

How to Save Your Home Purchase After a Job Loss?

Here are additional steps you can take to potentially save your purchase:

  • Consider a Co-Signer – If possible, ask a family member or close friend to co-sign the mortgage. This can provide the lender with additional assurance of your ability to make payments.
  • Bridge Finance – Explore the possibility of obtaining a bridge loan. This short-term loan can provide the necessary funds to complete the purchase while you secure new employment.
  • Reduce Expenses – Cut down on non-essential expenses to conserve cash for your mortgage payments. This can demonstrate to your lender that you are taking steps to manage your finances responsibly.
  • Sell Other Assets – If you have other assets, consider selling them to raise funds for your mortgage payments. This can provide temporary relief while you navigate this period.
  • Emergency Savings – Utilise any emergency savings you have to cover your mortgage payments temporarily. This can buy you time to secure a new job and stabilise your finances.

Remember, maintaining open communication with your lender is important. Being honest about your situation can make them more willing to help you find a solution.

The Bottom Line

Buying a house is a huge step, and things rarely go perfectly. Losing your job after exchanging contracts doesn’t have to kill your dream of homeownership.

Be honest with your lender and have a realistic backup plan. This way, you can navigate this stressful situation without losing everything you’ve put in, both your money and your excitement.

If you need help, start by consulting a qualified mortgage broker. They can offer you expert advice, talk to lenders, and help find solutions.

With them, you can manage this stressful situation and keep your dream alive without losing your investment or excitement.

For a free, no-obligation consultation with a good mortgage broker, get in touch with us.