17 May 2023
Mortgage and unemployment
Egle Kemezyte
Growth Marketer

Buying a house with a mortgage means you must fulfil monthly financial obligations. Life can sometimes present unpredictable circumstances beyond our control, such as unexpected job loss.

If you ever wonder how unemployment affects mortgages and what to expect in such scenarios, this article can help answer your questions and remove some doubts.

What happens to my mortgage when I lose my job?

In short, if you can manage monthly payments with savings, assets, the help of your partner, or unemployment benefit, you can continue residing in your home without significant disruptions.

What happens if I cannot afford my monthly payments? 

If you cannot afford your monthly payments, you should inform your mortgage lender about your situation. Mortgage lenders are often willing to work with you and consider your case with understanding and flexibility. For example, you may be allowed to postpone the monthly payment or pay at a lower cost for a certain period to get through the hardest time.

Do you have a mortgage with NHG?

The NHG safety net is made for situations like divorce and unemployment. If your current mortgage is with NHG coverage, you can benefit from a set of safety measures. First, you can use the housing costs facility (WLF) to reduce your monthly costs to bridge the difficult period. Second, if you are forced to sell your home, the possible residual debt can be waived under certain conditions.

Forced sale

However, if you can no longer afford the monthly payment, you face the danger of a forced sale. In this case, the lender forces the borrower to sell the property to repay the mortgage. The borrower is left with a residual debt if the house value is low and insufficient to pay off the mortgage.

Can I get a new mortgage when I'm unemployed?

You have no chance to get your mortgage approved if you are unemployed. Banks prioritize ensuring you can meet your monthly financial obligations with high certainty.

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Sezer Yilmaz
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Egle Kemezyte
Growth Marketer
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Client Director & Financial Specialist
Lisa Grondsma
Financial Specialist