joint mortgages

A joint mortgage is one of the most sought-after mortgage products for a home purchase. It doubles the repaying capacity of the principal applicant to qualify for the funds efficiently. However, due to the less or no knowledge about this mortgage type, you may feel devoid of the

confidence needed to make a decision. The points below offer depth knowledge of the varied aspects of the joint mortgage.

What is a joint mortgage?

A joint mortgage is a synonym for a home loan shared between two or more people. The maximum number of applicants can be four. The applicants can be friends or family members.

The joint mortgage has two types-

  • Joint tenancy – In this type, every applicant owns the equal share in the property, and that is 100%.


  • Tenants in common – This version allows to have different percentage of share in the property. Suppose there are three applicants. One may have a 50% share while the other two may have 25% share each.

How does joint mortgage work?

A Joint mortgage makes every applicant responsible for the repayments. The name of each owner is mentioned on the property deeds. Mutual trust between the applicants is vital as they should be confident that their partner/spouse/friend will make timely payments. The equity of every owner builds according to his/her share.

How to get out of a joint mortgage?

Many people yearn to leave their mortgage partnership after some time. The two primary reasons for that are 1) They want to get rid of a significant debt for another future financial goal. 2) When two partners split-up. Whatever is the reason, ‘Getting out’ of joint mortgage demands a complete procedure that is certainly not complicated but rational and uncompromised.

  • Mutual consent – It is the first thing that the ‘quit joint mortgage’ needs. All the partners on the deed whether two or more should agree to let one of them leave the obligation. This can be a bit complicated because the other participants may not be pleased with the idea of taking an added responsibility.
  • Fix everything through refinancing with the lender and the co-borrower – Your walkout from the mortgage will shift the repayment responsibility on the other borrower(s). A new loan deal for the existing borrowers through refinancing is a good option, but that can be more expensive on the interest rates. If the other borrower has to bear your part too obviously, you need to compensate up to an extent. One way can be paying all the charges applicable to the processing of the new applicant.
  • Discuss on the equity you have built- If you made some contributions in down payment and also paid instalments for a considerable time, you certainly own an amount of equity. You will take out that equity while leaving the mortgage, which demands the negotiation process.
  • Change of deed, the final destination – Once you are done with all the necessary discussions, it is time now to change a thing on paper. The deed needs to be tailored according to the new settlement and the shift of responsibility of mortgage instalments to the existing borrower(s). Once things get noted on the papers, you can get entirely from the joint mortgage officially.

The points above are quick to read, but you should know that on-ground realities, a time-consuming process takes place.

How much can we borrow for a joint mortgage?

Borrowing limit, as you already know, always depends on the affordability factor. It is still considered that in a joint mortgage, the applicants can borrow a more considerable amount because two people present their repaying capacity.

Usually, a person can borrow 3 to 5 times his/her annual income.

  • If you earn £40,000, then you can get up to £1,20,000 (3 times)
  • If you earn £40,000, then you can get up to £ 2,00,000 (5 times)

All the mortgagors included in the deal will be able to avail of the same limit. However, the other factors of debt-to-income ratio, current income status, etc. are also there to play their role.

What is a joint borrower’s sole proprietor mortgage?

In a joint borrower sole proprietor mortgage, all the borrowers of the mortgage do not obtain ownership in the property. Only one person gets its name on the deed. The mortgage is a way to back a first-time property buyer by its family members. It is not a much popular type, but that does not nullify its significance.

What happens to a joint mortgage when you divorce?

Divorce is a life-changing decision and demands immediate attention to mutual financial commitments. A joint mortgage of a couple who have planned a split-up goes through various situations. The ultimate need for the situation is to reach a mutual decision where the significant obligation can be managed peacefully.

Usually, the following ways come into focus to work on mortgage management during the divorce process.

  • Both the partners sell the home and move out to their separate places.
  • One of the partners will buy the house and will pay the due share to the other.
  • The court passes a ‘Mesher’ order which postpones the sale of the house until a particular situation, for instance – until the youngest child turns 18, the home cannot be listed for sale.


A joint mortgage is not complicated, but the fact is that it needs a due attention to a patient and rational attitude. The presence of more than one owner or borrower makes it necessary to keep good coordination, and that becomes the key to peace.