Frequently asked questions

General

  • Who are Pepper Money?

    We're an award-winning UK mortgage lender, backed by a global financial institution.

    We help people who may have been knocked back by high street lenders or are getting back on their feet financially after a major life event. Because the cases we handle can be complicated, we only do business through mortgage brokers.

    If you've got an interesting case that involves 1 or more of these things, we may be able to help:

    • Previous financial difficulties
    • Accidental missed payments
    • Self-employment
    • Complex income
    • Young credit history
  • How do I register and how long does it take?

    You can register using our online form, it's quick and easy so should only take a few minutes.

    Once you've submitted the registration form you'll receive an email to verify your account - please click on the link within this email, otherwise, you won't be able to log in.

    If you're the first person within your company to register with us we'll also need to verify your company. In most situations we'll be able to do this within minutes of the registration, however, there may be times this will take longer.

  • Do you lend in Scotland or Northern Ireland?

    At the moment, we don't lend on properties in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    However, if your client is looking to buy in England, Wales or on the Isle of Wight, we can help.

  • What credit reference agency do you use?

    We use Equifax credit reports when assessing a mortgage application.

  • When and how do you pay proc fees?

    We pay proc fees to the mortgage club, network or packager the case was submitted through within 5 working days of the completion.

Product related

Case specific

  • Do you use a credit score?

    We don’t rely on an automated credit score to make lending decisions, instead our underwriters review your clients credit file and supporting information to make a decision based on their individual circumstances.

  • Are your DIPs soft searches?

    Yes, our DIP uses a soft credit search so it has no impact on the applicant's credit score or any future credit applications.

  • How long are your DIPs valid for?

    Our DIPs are valid for 30 days except where the product is withdrawn. When a product is withdrawn we'll send an email confirming any submission deadlines. 

  • How long are your offers valid for?

    Our offers are valid for 90 days from the date the offer was issued. If your client doesn't complete within this timeframe you can apply for an offer extension. For details on this please see the next FAQ.

  • Can I get an offer extension?

    Yes, if your client is unable to complete within the original offer period (90 days from when the offer is issued) we can extend the offer.

    In order to do this we will need a new employers reference and to carry out an up-to-date credit search, or for self-employed applicants, we will require the latest month's bank statement. We will also need the valuer to confirm the valuation remains unchanged.

    Please note:

    1. We can only extend an offer once
    2. The maximum time the offer can be extended is 30 days
    3. We can’t extend an offer that has either more than a month or less than a week left before it expires

    If your client doesn’t meet the above criteria, then the application will need to be re-submitted

  • How do I add a second applicant to a case?

    You can add a second applicant from the Applicant details stage of the DIP. At the top of the section, you'll have to option to chose the number of applicants. Nothing changes when you select 2, but the application form will ask for the second applicant's details after you've completed the details required on this screen.

    Second Applicant
  • Why, when I submit a DIP, am I only seeing 5 Year products?

    You may find that you're only given the option of 5 year products due to the affordability of the case in question.

    On 2 year rates we apply a stress to ensure the applicant will be able to afford the mortgage if rates rise. However, on our 5 year rates the affordability is calculated at the pay rate.

  • When will the valuation be instructed?

    We will instruct the valuation once we have assessed the case and are happy we can proceed. However, you can instruct the valuation before this point but the valuation fee will not be refunded if after reviewing the case we're unable to proceed.

  • How do I get an update on a case?

    The easiest way to get a case update is by logging in to our application portal and sending us a secure message. 

    You can also give us a call on 03333 701 101 (lines are open 9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday).

  • When do you require the fees to be paid?

    We'll collect the application and valuation fee when you submit the application, this means there will be no delays once we're ready to instruct the valuation. If the case doesn't progress to a valuation we'll refund this payment. The application fee is non-refundable.

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