Getting a Mortgage on a Home Next to a Commercial Property

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Home Property Types Getting A Mortgage On A Home Next To A Commercial Property
Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

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Updated: March 18, 2024

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March 18, 2024

If you want to buy a property above or next to commercial premises, it’s possible to get a mortgage. However, the process won’t be as straightforward as it would be if you were buying in an entirely residential area, and your choice of lender will be limited.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about getting a mortgage for this specific type of property purchase, including why you’ll have fewer options available to you, eligibility criteria you’ll have to meet, and which lenders will consider your application.

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Can you get a mortgage on a home next to a commercial property?

Yes, if you want to buy a flat, to either live in or as a buy-to-let, above or next to a business premises – such as a bar, restaurant or cafe, takeaway or shop, or a public house then it’s possible to get a mortgage. However, the process isn’t always straightforward. Lenders will consider you a high risk borrower so you’ll have fewer options when it comes to products and deals available to you.

Some lenders won’t even consider an application for a mortgage above or next to a commercial property, while some will accept applications and make their decision on a case-by-case basis.

An experienced broker who specialises in complex mortgages such as this can tell you which lenders to approach.

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Eligibility criteria

You won’t have to meet any specific eligibility criteria. The requirements will be pretty much the same as they’d be if you were applying for a mortgage on a standard property. So, the lender will consider your age, profession and credit history.

The only difference is that you may have to put down a larger deposit. With mortgages on standard properties, it’s possible to borrow up to 95% loan-to-value, which means having a deposit of just 5%. If you’re buying a property above or next to commercial premises, you’ll probably have to put down closer to 20% up front.

How a broker can help you buy near a commercial property

Whatever type of property you’re buying, it’s always worth seeking advice from a broker

who’ll be able to find the best lender and most competitive deal to suit your specific circumstances. However, if you’re buying a property above or next to commercial premises, a broker should be a non-negotiable.

As mentioned above, only certain lenders will consider lending on these types of property. A specialist broker will know which lenders to approach – and which to avoid – saving you both time and money on wasted applications. They’ll have relationships with representatives from lenders and will be able to discuss your application with them, and even negotiate on your behalf.

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Which lenders will consider your application?

As already mentioned, the pool of lenders available to you will be limited. Most mainstream lenders won’t have the appetite for this type of lending. However, a few, including HSBC, Barclays and Natwest, may consider your application.

In general, you’re probably better off going for a non-high street or specialist lender such as Aldermore, Together or Shawbrook. Your broker will be able to identify which lenders can help, based on your specific situation and the property you’re looking to buy.

Why do lenders consider this type of mortgage risky?

It all comes down to future saleability of the property. Before lenders make any lending decisions, they want to be assured that the property will be sellable in the future in case they have to repossess it down the line and recoup their costs.

Unfortunately, mortgages for homes above or near commercial properties tend to be trickier to resell. Demand is typically lower because of concerns related to the use of the commercial property, for example, litter, noise, smells from cooking and anti-social behaviour, all of which could deter potential buyers.

Geographical location may make a difference. If the property’s in a busy city centre where there’s high demand, saleability may be greater than if the property were in a more rural location.

The lender will request an independent valuation of the property, which will help determine their decision. The valuer’s report will provide information on similar properties that have sold recently, the local market in general, and any other factors that may affect the resale value.

Can you get a buy to let mortgage above or next to a commercial property?

You can, but these are even harder to come by than residential mortgages and they typically command a higher deposit. Expect to put down a minimum of 25%.

Lenders will want to know what the commercial property attached to the flat or house is used for as well as trades carried out in any nearby commercial properties. This will help them determine how easy it will be for you to rent out the property and, therefore, make your mortgage repayments.

You’ll probably struggle to get a buy to let mortgage from a mainstream lender but there are several specialist lenders who’ll consider lending to you.

Get matched with a mortgage broker who specialises in complex properties

Getting a mortgage on a home next to a commercial property won’t always be a straightforward process, but it’s entirely possible as long as you know which lenders to approach. A broker who specialises in securing mortgages on complex properties can provide invaluable guidance and advice.

Our broker matching service can connect you with an expert who will be able to review your situation and advise you on how to secure the right home loan for your situation.

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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 Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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