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Can I get an SPV mortgage if I have bad credit?

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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston - Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: August 9, 2021

At Online Mortgage Advisor, we hear from a lot of property landlords who want to increase their portfolio but still make it profitable for them. I answer a question below from Michael who has credit issues and wants to use a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to purchase a 2nd property.


Hi Pete,

I’ve been a buy-to-let landlord for several years but own just one property. I’m hoping to expand that to two properties in the near future and was considering setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase the second house so I can take advantage of the tax benefits.

The only problem is that I have bad credit. I have a discharged county court judgement (CCJ) on my credit report and I’m worried that will stop me from qualifying for a SPV mortgage. Is that likely to be the case?

Many thanks,

Michael, York


Hi Michael,

Good to hear from you. I’d be delighted to help you out and I’ve got good news for you: it’s certainly possible to buy an investment property through an SPV if you have bad credit.

You might have heard that SPV mortgages, in general, are more difficult to come by than the regular kind, and while that’s true, they are usually offered by specialist lenders. Broadly speaking, specialist mortgage lenders can be more flexible with complex cases, and that includes customers with bad credit.

The fact that your CCJ has been discharged will certainly work in your favour, as these lenders prefer customers with older credit issues that have been settled. With this in mind, it could well be possible to find a lender that specialises in both SPV agreements and borrowers with historic credit issues, and your chances of acceptance will likely be higher if you’re able to put down extra deposit to offset the risk.

The best way to find a mortgage provider who will lend under these niche circumstances is to apply through an independent mortgage broker who knows the market. They will search the entire market and match you with the lender who has the right expertise and is best positioned to offer favourable rates based on your needs and circumstances.

I hope that helps,


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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for OMA of course!

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