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How the Buy-to-Let Mortgage Process works

Getting a Buy-to-Let Mortgage

We make it easy to arrange finance for a new buy-to-let property – or to remortgage an existing one.
Here’s a look at how the process works. 

Apply 7 days a week

Our expert mortgage consultants are available from Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Thursday 10am to 5pm.

Timely decisions

We pride ourselves on our speed. Once you submit your information, you can expect a quick decision on how much we can lend you.

Your property may be repossessed if you don't keep up repayments on your mortgage.

First steps

First steps

Whether you’ve chosen a property yet or not, you can get started by coming into a store or giving us a call. We’ll quickly let you know how we can help, and can even get started on an Agreement in Principle (AIP). For an AIP, we’ll collect some details on:

  • what rent you expect from a buy-to-let property
  • your income
  • any credit commitments you may have

With this information in hand, we’ll perform a few checks then let you know exactly how much we may be able to lend you. At this point, we can also talk through your needs and circumstances and recommend a suitable Metro Bank mortgage product. But you are also free to select the product you want for yourself.

The mortgage application

The mortgage application

Once you’ve found a property you’re happy with, we can start the full mortgage application. This involves collecting and reviewing a few more details, including who your solicitor is, and making sure we have all the supporting documents we need. After our underwriting team have reviewed the paperwork, we’ll send a surveyor to the property to carry out a valuation. And if all is well with the valuation, we’ll send you a formal mortgage offer. We’ll send a copy to your solicitor as well.

Final checks

Final checks

With the mortgage offer in hand, your solicitor will make sure all appropriate searches are carried out. They’ll then tell you when you need to pay your deposit. The process is a little different if you are remortgaging a buy-to-let property. In that case, your solicitor’s work will involve liaising with your current lender to move your mortgage to Metro Bank.

Transferring the money

Transferring the money

Once your solicitor is happy to press the button, we’ll release the money to them. They will take care of the rest. We'll send you a completion statement confirming the amount and due date of your first monthly payment.


Can I get an Agreement in Principle before I find a property?

Yes. We'll collect some details on your financial situation and your expectations. We’ll then perform a few checks before letting you know exactly how much we may be able to lend you.

Can I choose how I apply?

Of course. You may be able to meet with a mortgage consultant face-to-face (subject to location) or chat over the phone.

Who will help me throughout the process?

Your dedicated Metro Bank Mortgage Consultant will be your single point of contact. They are fully qualified to guide you through from start to finish.

Your property may be repossessed if you don't keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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