Please note: Leeds Building Society only accepts mortgage applications from intermediaries where they are providing an advised sales service, with the exception of Buy to Let & Holiday Let applications. It is the responsibility of the intermediary to ensure that all applicable law including, without limitation, the Financial Conduct Authority rules on advised mortgage sales are complied with including, without limitation, the provision of adequate explanations.

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Simplified gifted deposit policy for Leeds Building Society

Following feedback from intermediaries, Leeds Building Society has simplified its policy on gifted deposits for new build homes.

The Society has been working with brokers and housing developers to review and refine its position on gifted cash deposits, where builders offer buyers cashback or a contribution to the purchase price.

In the future the Society will accept cashback or a developer contribution as long as the value does not exceed 5% of the purchase price or valuation, whichever is lower. If the cashback or contribution is greater than 5%, the excess will be deducted from the price and the home loan size will be assessed on the reduced value.

Irrespective of the amount of the gifted deposit, the buyer or buyers must contribute at least 5% of the gross purchase price or valuation, whichever is the lower. In addition, the cashback or contribution must be disclosed to the valuer as part of the mortgage application.

Martin Richardson, Leeds Building Society’s General Manager – Business Development, said: “Cashback from a developer, or a contribution towards the purchase price, is a common factor with new build properties and we’ve responded to comments from our broker partners to simplify the details on this.

“This change aligns us with Halifax and Nationwide, who are the other major lenders in this sector, and should provide intermediaries with greater clarity when dealing with this type of new build purchase.”

For more information take a look at Leeds Building Society’s full criteria guide.