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By Pete Mugleston | Mortgage Advisor

Pete has been a mortgage advisor for over 10 years, and is regularly cited in both trade and national press.

Updated: 11th January 2021*

I wanted to share a question we received from Imran about the deposit size needed if you have a county court judgement (CCJ). It’s a great question and something people often discuss. You can read my detailed response to Imran below

Hi Pete,

I’m looking to get a mortgage but have a county court judgement (CCJ) against my name that was registered in the last 12 months.

I’ve been told that there are lenders who consider customers with CCJs, even relatively recent ones like mine, but I understand that I might be expected to put down a higher deposit to qualify for a mortgage.

The property I’ve got my eye on is going for £120,000. How much deposit will I likely need to save up if I’m applying with a CCJ on my file?


Imran, Newcastle


Hi Imran,

Thanks for reaching out. I’d be delighted to offer you some guidance about this.

You’re absolutely right about deposit requirements typically being higher for customers with unsatisfied CCJs. This is because borrowers with credit issues are generally higher risk than those without, and putting down extra deposit offsets some of that risk.

If you only have the minimum deposit amount (usually 5-10%) to put down, most mortgage lenders will insist that you wait until your CCJ is at least three years old. Since your credit issue isn’t that old, it’s recommended that you save up at least 25% of the property’s value to give yourself the best chance of mortgage approval and favourable rates.

Let’s say you’re able to save up £30,000, your next port of call should be to speak with a whole-of-market broker. While a higher deposit amount will lower the overall risk, you’re still likely to need a specialist lender to offer you a mortgage with an unsettled CCJ, and through a mortgage broker is the easiest way to find one.



I answer more questions about CCJ’s and mortgages here:

Updated: 11th January 2021
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