Frequently asked questions
Why use United Trust Bank?
We are bridging specialists and offer brokers and their customers certainty, quality, tailoring and strength.
Certainty. We are a fully regulated bank. In a sector of often unfamiliar names, you can be sure that we will always have the funds to complete your cases. We can also act quickly and have completed loans in under two weeks.
Quality. We appreciate that for many brokers, bridging loans are not an everyday experience. We provide as much assistance as you need and work in partnership with you to get loans completed. We find that open and honest engagement between lender and broker achieves the best results and helps us to build a profitable, long-term relationship.
Tailoring. Completing bridging loans is not about ticking boxes and following process. Each case is unique and presents different challenges. We work hard to understand your case and task a dedicated case manager with ensuring that your client’s loan completes within the required time frame.
Strength. United Trust Bank has operated successfully for more than 50 years. We have a long-term commitment to the bridging sector and a dedicated team of highly experienced individuals, focused on using our strength to serve you.
What do you lend against?
We lend against residential, HMO & mixed use properties, or properties being converted into these. We can also consider lending against Land with planning and commercial property on a case-by-case basis.
What do you require?
For a credit approved decision in principle, we need a completed one page quick enquiry form, which can be downloaded here. If your client wishes to proceed further, our team will advise next steps in the application process. If you’d like access to our online broker portal, please speak to your BDM.
How long does it take?
The time taken to complete a bridging loan depends on the borrower’s requirements. They can complete within a few days of the initial enquiry but this requires all parties involved to work together effectively and for the valuer to have immediate access to the security property if required.
Are there any upfront fees?
In most cases, the only upfront cost is the valuation fee. On limited occasions, we may charge an application fee for extremely complicated or time-sensitive cases where the borrower is seeking the assurance of having an offer of finance. This will be communicated to you at the outset if required. Any application fee is refundable upon drawdown of the loan.
Where do you lend?
England, Wales and Scotland.
Do you have a maximum age for borrowers?
No, there is no maximum age limit for borrowers.
As a broker, can I instruct the valuation?
We will usually instruct the valuation using a valuer chosen by the Bank. However, if the security property has had a recent valuation carried out we may be able to use it. If this applies, please discuss with a member of our team.
Does my customer need an exit in place?
The exit or repayment method is perhaps the most important aspect of a bridging loan. There must always be a realistic exit but it does not have to be in place when the bridging loan draws down. For example, if the loan is to be repaid by the sale of a property, contracts do not have to be exchanged. It is usually enough that the property is being marketed.
What can the loan be used for?
Bridging loans can be used for any lawful purpose. However, we are unable to help with “credit repair” cases. Please speak to a member of our team for more information.
Do you offer Financial Conduct Authority regulated bridging loans?
Yes we do. We are regulated by the FCA and also authorised by the PRA.
Do you require proof of income?
Only where the loan is to be serviced or where the exit strategy is income reliant or involves a refinance onto a long-term mortgage.
What happens if the loan is repaid early?
The loan can be repaid at any time without penalty or early repayment charges. Interest is charged on a daily basis so you only pay interest for the number of days that the loan was outstanding. However, we always require a minimum of the first month’s interest to be paid.
Can you lend outside your usual criteria?
We can be flexible in the right circumstances. Please call us to discuss cases that you believe are outside our criteria but which you would like to explore further with us.
Can you lend to LLPs, SPVs, trusts, SIPPs or offshore companies?
Yes, we are able to lend to various legal entities/structures. We will usually require limited personal guarantees for loans made to non-personal customers.
Can the borrower use your solicitor or do they need their own?
Borrowers will always require legal representation. For most loans to personal customers the borrowers can elect to use dual legal representation (ie. where the borrower chooses a solicitor from our panel to act for both themselves and the Bank).
Regulated Bridging Lender of the Year 2022
United Trust Bank (UTB) has been named ‘Regulated Bridging Lender of the Year’ for the second year in a row.
Best Short-Term Lender – 2022 Mortgage Strat Awards
United Trust Bank (UTB) has been named ‘Best Short-Term Lender’ at the 2022 Mortgage Strategy Awards.
Specialist Bank & Reg Bridging wins at the B&C Awards 2021
United Trust Bank (UTB) has been named ‘Best Specialist Bank’ and ‘Best Regulated Bridging Lender’.