Monday, 17 January 2011

Banks write off debt for landlords

Several of the UK and Irish banks that received government bail-outs are offering to write off up to 25 per cent of a mortgage debt for professional landlords and developers – just to encourage them to move to new lenders.

Anglo Irish Bank – the institution at the centre of Ireland’s property meltdown and the recipient of €30bn of government money – is one of a number of lenders willing to let certain property owners off a proportion of their debt if they refinance elsewhere.

Brokers report that Bank of Scotland, part of Lloyds Banking Group, and Royal Bank of Scotland have arranged similar deals – often known as “golden goodbyes” – although Bank of Scotland says it is not “policy” to incentivize a remortgage with another bank.

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