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Porting

Porting means your client can move house and apply to take their existing mortgage product with them to their new property. So, providing they meet our affordability (for residential properties) and lending policy (for all properties) based on their current circumstances, they won’t need to worry about finding a new mortgage product when they move. Their product will remain the same, including the end date of any initial period (such as a fixed interest rate period). Most of our mortgages are portable but please check below because different schemes have different rules.

Porting is subject to an application fee. Please refer to our Godiva Tariff of mortgage charges (PDF 40KB)Opens in a new window or our Coventry Tariff of mortgage charges (PDF 62KB)Opens in a new window.

How to apply to port a Residential mortgage

Step 1: Check eligibility and affordability

Please ensure that your client's mortgage application meets our affordability and lending policy before submitting their application, as fees are non-refundable.

Step 2: Confirm customer authority

If you require your clients’ personal or mortgage account information prior to submitting a further advance application you will need to check our Customer authority page, select the appropriate form, complete, scan and email to us using send secure to intermediaries@thecoventry.co.uk Opens new website in another window

Step 3: Request a mortgage illustration (KFI)

Complete the sections listed on the second page of the relevant mortgage application form.

Step 4: Return your scanned application form

Send your signed and completed application form to us via secure mail Opens new website in another window at intermediaries@thecoventry.co.uk

Step 5: We'll check eligibility and send you a mortgage illustration (KFI)

When we have received your application form we will assess affordability and eligibility based on the information provided. We'll then produce a mortgage illustration (KFI) and email this to you (subject to meeting our lending policy).

Step 6: Complete application

When you've reviewed the mortgage illustration (KFI) with your client, you'll need to complete the remaining sections of the relevant mortgage application form and return a scanned version to us using our send secure service Opens new website in another window to intermediaries@thecoventry.co.uk

How to apply to port a BTL mortgage

Step 1: Check eligibility

Please ensure that your client's mortgage application meets our lending policy before submitting their application, as fees are non-refundable.

Step 2: Confirm customer authority

If you require your clients’ personal or mortgage account information prior to submitting a further advance application you will need to check our Customer authority page, select the appropriate form, complete, scan and email to us using send secure to intermediaries@thecoventry.co.uk Opens new website in another window

Step 3: Request a mortgage illustration

Complete the sections listed on the second page of the relevant mortgage application form.

Step 4: Return your scanned application form

Send your signed and completed application form to us via secure mail Opens new website in another window at intermediaries@thecoventry.co.uk

Step 5: We'll check eligibility and send you a mortgage illustration

When we've received your application form we'll assess eligibility based on the information provided. We'll then product a mortgage illustration and email this to you (subject to meeting our lending policy).

Step 6: Complete application

When you’ve reviewed the mortgage illustration with your client, you’ll need to complete the remaining sections of the relevant additional borrowing application form and return a scanned version to us using our send secure service Opens new website in another window to intermediaries@thecoventry.co.uk


Porting policies

Coventry Building Society and Godiva Mortgages porting policy

  • Where your client’s original mortgage offer permits, and this porting policy applies, your client can apply to take their existing mortgage scheme(s) to a new property.
  • If your client chooses to port their existing mortgage scheme to a new property, a booking fee may be charged. The amount depends on the scheme applied for, and is to cover some of the costs associated with the mortgage application on certain types of mortgage schemes. These fees, if applicable, will be detailed in the mortgage illustration.
  • The minimum amount that can be ported is £5,000 per sub-account subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of their mortgage scheme.
  • The maximum amount that can be ported on the existing scheme(s) is the total balance outstanding at the time the mortgage is redeemed, plus up to £5,000 subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of the mortgage scheme. If they require more than £5,000 additional borrowing, all the additional borrowing will need to be on a new scheme.
  • The scheme(s) can only be used to purchase a new property, not to remortgage a property they already own.
  • Completion of new purchase must be on a working day within six months of redeeming their existing mortgage.
  • If your client does not complete on the new purchase when they complete on the redemption of their existing mortgage, they may incur ERCs (depending on the terms of their mortgage product).
  • To receive a full refund of any ERCs, the purchase must be completed within six months from the redemption of their existing mortgage. The purchase must also be funded by:
    • the existing full mortgage balance, or
    • a minimum of £5,000 from each sub-account and no additional borrowing, or
    • the full mortgage balance plus a new mortgage scheme from us* (or increased funds on an existing Offset mortgage scheme).

*Does not apply to Self-certification or Credit Impaired mortgages.

Stroud & Swindon or ITL mortgage schemes before 1 October 2011

If the mortgage scheme(s) was/were taken out with Stroud & Swindon Building Society or ITL Mortgages Limited before 1 October 2011, the following policy applies.

  • Where your client’s original mortgage offer permits and this porting policy applies, your client can take the existing scheme(s) to a new property or take out a new mortgage scheme.
  • If your client chooses to port their existing mortgage scheme to a new property, a booking fee may be charged. The amount depends on the scheme applied for, and is to cover some of the costs associated with the mortgage application on certain types of mortgage schemes. These fees, if applicable, will be detailed in the mortgage illustration.
  • The minimum amount that can be ported is £5,000 per sub-account subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of their mortgage scheme.
  • The maximum amount that can be ported on the existing scheme(s) is the total balance outstanding at the time the mortgage is redeemed, plus up to a total of £5,000 subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of the mortgage scheme. If your client requires more than £5,000 additional borrowing, all the additional borrowing will need to be on a new scheme.
  • Where your client’s original mortgage offer permits and this porting policy applies, your client can take the existing scheme(s) to a new property or take out a new mortgage scheme but not to remortgage a property they already own.
  • Completion must be on a working day within 12 months of redeeming their existing mortgage.
  • If your client does not complete on the new purchase when they complete the redemption of their existing mortgage, they may incur ERCs (depending on the terms of their mortgage).
  • To receive a full refund of any ERCs, the purchase must be completed within twelve months from the redemption of their existing mortgage. The purchase must also be funded by:
    • the existing full mortgage balance, or
    • a minimum of £5,000 from each sub-account and no additional borrowing, or
    • the full mortgage balance plus a new mortgage scheme from us.*
    • If the terms allow, where a new mortgage scheme has been chosen instead of porting the existing scheme(s), a minimum balance of £5,000 must be taken on the new mortgage scheme.

*Does not apply to Self-certification or Credit Impaired mortgages.


Porting FAQs

What if both porting policies apply to my client’s mortgage?

Both policies could apply to your client because each mortgage scheme has its own relevant porting policy. This could arise if their main mortgage was with Stroud & Swindon Building Society and they subsequently took out a further advance with Coventry Building Society.

However, to receive a full refund of any ERCs, your client must comply with the general porting policy and the purchase must be completed within six months from the redemption of their existing mortgage.

How much can be transferred to a new property?

Your client can move all or part of their portable mortgage scheme to a new property and may be able to borrow more, subject to our lending policy and the terms and conditions of their existing scheme(s).

If they wish to borrow up to an additional £5,000, they could add this to their mortgage. If they need to borrow more than this, they will need to apply for a new product.

Are there any costs to consider?

If your client has previously borrowed additional funds, their mortgage will be divided into accounts known as sub-accounts. If they port at least £5,000 from each sub-account they may not have to pay any early repayment charge (changing your mortgage), subject to the requirements of our porting policies (fees may apply).

Your client may have to pay a product fee, valuation fee and application fee (if applicable) if they take out a new mortgage scheme, these will be detailed in the mortgage illustration for their new property. They must also complete the purchase of the new property within a given timescale – see individual company porting policies above for details.

Are there any exceptions?

Your client’s mortgage may have a specific porting policy, in addition to our general porting policies. These are summarised below, however these schemes may not be available to Godiva or ITL customers.

Offset

If your client ports an Offset mortgage to a new property and borrows more, all the additional borrowing must be on their existing Offset mortgage scheme only, whatever the amount. The additional borrowing is subject to the current lending policy and may not exceed the loan to value limit allowed on the Offset scheme.

On the redemption of the current mortgage, the funds in the Offset savings account will be moved to a new easy access savings account. When the Offset mortgage is resumed on the new property, a new Offset savings account will be opened automatically. It’s your client’s responsibility to transfer any funds they need from their easy access savings account into the new Offset savings account in order to continue to offset the mortgage.

Residential Flexx for Term

If your client ports a Residential Flexx for Term mortgage and borrows more, they can either add to the existing mortgage scheme or borrow more on a new mortgage scheme, whatever the amount. This is subject to lending policy and the maximum loan to value allowed on the Flexx for Term scheme.

MOREgage

When porting a MOREgage and borrowing more, your client could apply to add up to £5,000 to the MOREgage mortgage scheme. If they wish to add more than £5,000 they can only apply to borrow all the additional funds at our Standard Variable Rate (SVR), subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of the mortgage scheme.

The personal loan element of a MOREgage is not secured on the property and the value and term of the personal loan cannot be changed. Your client can keep the personal loan when they move, but if they change the mortgage scheme to something other than another MOREgage scheme, the personal loan rate will increase by 5%. The unsecured personal loan is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is provided in accordance with the Consumer Credit Act.

Self-certification

If porting a Self-certification mortgage, your client could apply to transfer up to the total outstanding mortgage balance subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of the mortgage scheme.

Unfortunately your client’s mortgage cannot be ported if they need to borrow more than the total outstanding mortgage balance, and they’ll need to apply for a new Residential mortgage for the full amount required. This will include providing proof of current income. In this case, fees relating to your client’s new mortgage and any ERCs on their existing mortgage are payable and non-refundable.

Credit Impaired

When porting a Credit Impaired mortgage, your client can apply to transfer up to the total outstanding mortgage balance to their new home subject to lending policy and the Loan to Value limits of the mortgage scheme.

Unfortunately your client's mortgage cannot be ported if they need to borrow more than their outstanding balance and they will need to apply for a new Residential mortgage, where available, for the full amount required. This may include providing proof of your client’s current income. In this case, fees relating to your client’s new mortgage and any ERCs are payable and non-refundable.

Flexible mortgages (with a drawdown facility)

If your client ports a Flexible mortgage (with a drawdown facility) they may transfer up to the current outstanding mortgage balance, plus the total available amount on the drawdown facility.

If they need to borrow more, they can apply to add up to £5,000 to the existing mortgage scheme(s). This is subject to our lending policy and the loan to value limits of the mortgage scheme. If they wish to borrow more than £5,000 above the total of the current outstanding mortgage balance and available drawdown facility, then the extra amount must be taken on an appropriate new Residential or Buy to Let Flexible Mortgage scheme (with drawdown facility). Fees relating to the new mortgage scheme will be payable.

Stroud & Swindon Buy to Let mortgages

If porting a Buy to Let mortgage originally arranged through Stroud & Swindon Building Society your client may apply to transfer up to the current outstanding mortgage balance to purchase a new Buy to Let property.

If they need to borrow more, they can apply to add up to a total of £5,000 to the existing mortgage scheme(s). If they need to borrow more than £5,000 then the extra amount can be taken on a new Stroud & Swindon Buy to Let mortgage scheme or a new Coventry Building Society Buy to Let mortgage scheme.


Information for your clients

You can give your clients further information on porting by downloading the relevant porting factsheet below.

Residential porting factsheet (PDF 1.0MB)Opens in a new window

Buy to Let porting factsheet (PDF 5.0MB)Opens in a new window


Important information

We reserve the right to update the details of our porting policies at any time. Any lending and porting we agree to will be subject to your clients meeting our lending policy at the time they apply to port the mortgage and, if applicable, increase their borrowing. We will assess their requirements based on our lending policy, the loan to value limits of the scheme and their ability to meet the repayments on the mortgage.

Please note that procuration fees are payable on porting applications.

If you have any queries please call our Intermediary Development Team on 0800 121 7788 (selecting option 2), Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, to discuss this in more detail. Should your client wish to arrange the transfer themselves, they will need to contact our Customer Service Centre on 0800 121 8899. Our Customer Service Centre is open seven days a week, and our advisors are available Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.