Do mortgage lenders recognise a franchise as salary: ask the expert



Question

I am considering a franchise option. My question is this. We currently rent a property, but would ideally be aiming to buy a house within the next 12 months. Will a mortgage lender recognise a franchise as a salary, as it would a standard job? I have heard stories in the current climate about banks not giving mortgages to borrowers who run their own businesses, and I want to know if being a franchisee would fall into this caveat too?


Answer by Vanessa Wheeler

All lenders take a different approach with this and I don’t think that there will be a one rule fits all. Lots of factors will be relevant eg deposit, credit history, how much you want to borrow etc Will you be self employed or an employee of your own company ? I suggest that before taking on a franchise that you talk to banks, lenders and possibly a mortgage broker to get a feel for how lenders may view your particular circumstances.

vanessaVanessa Wheeler advises employees and employers on all areas of employment law. Vanessa has substantial experience in: pregnancy and maternity discrimination (including advocacy before the employment tribunal); flexible working issues and extensive experience in relation to compromise agreements. In a previous role she was funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to deal with pregnancy and maternity discrimination matters. Vanessa has commented on employment law for the Guardian and for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Vanessa can be contacted on 07852265 865 or vwheeler@setfords.co.uk Meet our Panel of Experts


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