Under the national mortgage-to-rent scheme, people who are having trouble paying their mortgages can switch from owning their home to renting their home as social tenants. If you take up the mortgage-to-rent option, you will no longer own your home or have any financial interest in it.
For you to qualify for the mortgage-to-rent option:
You must get legal and financial advice before the mortgage-to-rent process can go ahead.
Your lender will pay up to €500 for legal advice.
If you wish, your lender will also pay €250 for you to get financial advice from an accountant on the Mortgage Arrears Information and Advice Service panel.
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can provide debt advice.
You voluntarily surrender possession of your home to your mortgage lender. Your mortgage lender immediately sells your home to a housing association, who will then rent it to you. See below for more information on housing associations.
The lender and the housing association agree the price of the property based on the market valuation of your home. The proceeds from the sale of your home to the housing association will go towards your mortgage debt and you come to an arrangement with your lender for the remaining repayment, if any.
You will no longer own your property but you can continue living in your home as a social housing tenant and you will have a tenancy agreement with the housing association. Your changed status from owner to tenant is confidential.
If your financial situation improves, there will be an option to buy the home back from the housing association after a period of 5 years.
A housing association is a registered charity and an independent not-for-profit organisation which has been approved to provide and manage social housing. Housing associations aim to provide housing for those who cannot meet their housing needs from their own resources at an affordable rent.
You will pay a rent based on your income. If your income increases the rent will increase but if your income falls then the rent payment will also reduce. In this way the rent paid remains affordable.
You must be eligible for social housing in order to become a housing association tenant. The assessment of suitability for social housing is carried out by local authorities. Your lender can provide an application form to apply to your local authority.
If your lender does not agree that you are suitable for the mortgage-to-rent scheme, you can appeal to the lender’s Appeals Committee under the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (MARP).
Where appropriate, your lender will offer you the opportunity to apply for the scheme and give you an application form for mortgage-to-rent. If you are interested, you give consent in writing to your lender to submit your details to a number of organisations involved in the scheme.
You then need to do the following:
You should contact your mortgage lender to discuss your suitability for the mortgage-to-rent scheme.
Read more about the mortgage-to-rent scheme.
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