Gatehouse Bank reintroduces top slicing for UK residents

Gatehouse Bank has today reintroduced top slicing for UK residents purchasing a Buy-to-Let (BTL) property.

Top slicing, sometimes referred to as income top-up, can be used where the rent paid by the tenant does not exceed the monthly payment charged by the Bank by the required amount. In these cases, subject to certain limits, the applicant’s personal income can be used to ‘top-up’ the shortfall.

Gatehouse Bank has also streamlined its Finance Service Coverage Ratio (FSCR) bandings. For limited companies and basic rate taxpayers purchasing individual BTL properties or as part of a portfolio, a 125% rate will apply. A 145% rate will apply for higher and additional rate taxpayers purchasing a property individually or as part of a portfolio, and anyone purchasing a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) or Multi-Unit Freehold Block (MUFB).

To qualify for top slicing, a minimum annual income of £32,000 from at least one UK-based applicant is required and the FSCR bandings of 110% for limited companies and 115% for individuals will be implemented.

FSCR Bandings

Income Top Up Individual115%115%N/A
Income Top Up Ltd Co110%110%N/
Ltd Co125%125%145%
Basic Taxpayer125%125%145%
Higher Rate Tax Payer145%145%145%
Additional Rate Tax Payer145%145%145%
Non-UK Tax Payer130%130%145%

John Mace, Senior Product Manager at Gatehouse Bank, commented: “We continuously review our products and criteria to ensure that we are providing our customers with the most suitable outcomes for their needs. We have reintroduced top slicing to broaden our criteria and subsequently help more Buy-to-Let customers achieve their financial goals.”

A full list of Gatehouse Bank’s Buy-to-Let products is available here.