What Documents Do You Need To Apply For A Mortgage?
25th April 2017
This article was last updated on 15th Feb 2019.
It may be tempting to send in anything and everything to do with your finances when you’re applying for a mortgage, but it’s not necessary.
Once you’ve completed your mortgage application with Trussle, we’ll ask you to upload your documents. Before you start searching through old files and digging out bank statements dating back to 2003, hold fire! Lenders require a fair amount of information before agreeing to give you a mortgage, but you can save yourself time and effort by only uploading the documents they need to see.
There are a few things you can do to make sure we can help with your application as quickly as possible. We’ve created a complete list of everything you’ll need to apply for a mortgage to help.
Documents you’ll need: A complete list
Whether you’re applying for a mortgage or you’re looking to remortgage, there are a few documents lenders will always want to see.
Three months of bank statements
Both ourselves and the lender will need to see statements showing your income and outgoings. This will allow us to properly assess your circumstances and make sure we recommend the right mortgage for you.
As most banks now offer online banking, the easiest way to send us your bank statements is to log in to your online banking account and download your statements directly to your computer. There’s no need to scan anything this way, and the statements will be automatically saved to PDF format.
Three months of payslips
Many people now receive their payslips online which makes it easy to download as a PDF. If you receive paper payslips, you’ll need to scan them and send as a PDF. You can scan multiple payslips on one page rather than a page for each.
You’ll need to provide a scanned copy of either your passport or driving licence.
Your address ID
Council tax bills, utility bills, and bank statements are all accepted forms of address ID. They must be dated within the last three months.
Documents you’ll need if you’re self-employed
If you’re self-employed (as a Sole Trader/Limited Company Director/Partnerships/LLP), in addition to the documents above, there are some extra documents you’ll need to provide:
2 to 3 years SA302s and 2 to 3 years accounts.
Some lenders will also ask for 3 months business bank statements.
If you’re buying a home, you’ll need to provide a few extra documents.
Proof of deposit - either a saving statement or a bank statement.
Or, if the deposit is a gift, we’ll provide you with a ‘Confirmation of Gifted Deposit’ form for you to fill in, alongside three months of bank statements of the person gifting the deposit.
If you already have a mortgage:
You’ll need a current mortgage statement.
Be aware, there are a few more documents you might also be asked for:
Evidence of any additional income (bonuses, commission, overtime, etc)
Evidence of non-earned income (maintenance, tax credits, child benefit, etc)
Evidence of right to reside (eg. visas or residency cards)
Uploading documents with Trussle
What format should documents be in to avoid delays?
We accept the following image formats:
We recommend that you scan your documents to ensure a high quality image and avoid any unnecessary delays in your application.
If you have Online Banking, you can download your bank statements in PDF form directly without the need for a scanner or printer.
Do you accept photos of documents?
We can accept high quality photos so long as the photos meet the following standards:
No additional items should be visible in the image background (white backgrounds are best!)
The image must not be covered in part or whole (eg. fingers showing you holding the document)
Any text must be clearly visible and legible
A flash or shadow shouldn’t be visible
The document must be laid flat (especially passports)
We cannot accept any screenshots of documents on your phone
Uploading the perfect document
5 things to remember when uploading your documents
Make sure your scans or photos meet the standards shown above to avoid delays!
Make sure PDFs aren’t password protected, as we won’t be able to access them!
Send each document as separate files to speed up your application, rather than uploading them as one long attachment - we allow a maximum file size of 10MB.
Clearly label each document to ensure you have met each requirement.
Check which documents you can download as PDFs (such as bank statements) before printing and scanning to save yourself time and effort. Almost all banks now offer downloadable statements.