Portfolio landlord criteria
The Mortgage Works portfolio landlord definition
A portfolio landlord is a borrower with four or more distinct mortgaged Buy to Let UK rental properties (or seven or more for remortgage applications without capital raising).
This includes holiday lets, properties owned through a limited company, 'consent to let' properties and all BTL mortgages owned solely or jointly by the applicant(s).
We'll only accept applications from portfolio landlords that have at least two years' letting experience (at least one applicant must meet this requirement on joint applications). We won't consider foreign properties when assessing portfolio landlords.
If there are two applicants, we’ll use the combined number of rental properties for both. For example, if the first applicant solely owns three mortgaged properties and the second applicant solely owns five properties, they would collectively own eight properties in the portfolio.
All new mortgage applications with The Mortgage Works are assessed to ensure your client can cover their monthly mortgage interest payment.
We'll also assess the existing portfolio to ensure the overall aggregate LTV and ICR is sustainable. The assessment will be based on the entire portfolio, including the new property and any rental properties without a mortgage.
We have different products depending on the size of your client's portfolio, so please make sure to check our latest product guide prior to application.
The following rental calculations and maximum LTVs will apply across your client's portfolio:
Existing portfolio rental calculation
Interest Cover Ratio (ICR)
Up to 10 mortgaged BTL properties at completion
11 or more mortgaged BTL properties at completion
For applicants with existing Nationwide Group BTL lending of £1 million or above, a stress rate of 5.50% will be used to assess the client’s existing BTL properties, alongside a maximum aggregate LTV of 65% (regardless of the number of properties).
Keying applications in TMW Online
- We ask for your client's personal income on all cases.
- At DIP stage, we look at gross annual buy to let income as well as the total number of properties, to identify if your client is/will be a portfolio landlord on completion of the application.
- If your client has 4 or more mortgaged properties, we'll ask for details of the total value and outstanding mortgage balances secured against the portfolio.
- If a BTL property is jointly owned between your clients, you only need to enter them under one applicant, not both.
- If you're creating multiple applications for the same applicant(s), please try to submit them at the same time.
All portfolio landlords need to provide:
- Three months' current account statements showing rental payments.
- A property schedule, by:
*Please don't insert new columns into this spreadsheet, copy and paste over the cells or provide any additional information we haven't requested, as this will cause upload errors.
Once submitted, the details will be automatically validated and the results will be sent to our dedicated team of underwriters for assessment. We'll be able to assess the case more quickly if you're able to complete this as soon as you've completed the application.
See our Portfolio Portal guidance notes for more information.
Depending on case complexity and portfolio size, we may request further supporting information such as a business plan.
Once the application has been submitted, we may ask for further information.
So your case can be processed efficiently, please submit all requested proofs and additional supporting information, but only when this is asked for.
Useful guides and forms
You can also download and print our sales aid which has a summary of the key changes.