Castle Trust launches COVID Level 3 criteria

Castle Trust Bank has expanded its criteria to include bridge-to-let and first-time landlords as part of its COVID Level 3 criteria.

The bank launched its new criteria to reflect that the government’s COVID Alert Level being reduced to Level 3.

The bank is currently lending on buy-to-let assets only, up to a maximum loan-to-value (LTV) of 75% and a maximum asset value of £4m.

The minimum term for loans is three years, although there is the option for an ERC period of two years, and rates start at 4.99% as they did before the pandemic.

Barry Searle (pictured), managing director of Mortgages at Castle Trust, said: “I have a lot of sympathy for brokers in the current environment as so many lenders are vague about what they will and won’t lend on throughout this uncertain period.

“We want to be very clear and open about our lending appetite so that brokers know exactly where they stand and can submit an application to Castle Trust in confidence.

“We will continue to review our offering to ensure that we are meeting broker demand in a way that is responsible and appropriate for the environment and we’ll clearly communicate any changes so that brokers can advise their clients with greater certainty.

“It’s nothing flashy, but we think it’s a sensible approach to communicating and lending that will help brokers navigate what is still a very difficult situation.”

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