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What can I use for a mortgage deposit?

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Last reviewed on 10th March 2022

We’ve seen some pretty strange deposit sources over the years. Not everyone will use savings for a mortgage deposit, so where else can a deposit come from?

This article will explain what can be used for a mortgage deposit and what can’t. All lenders do vary in what they’ll accept. Furthermore, your circumstances will also be a factor when applying for a mortgage.

Where can my mortgage deposit come from?

“Where has your deposit come from?”. This question should always be asked by your mortgage advisor. This isn’t because we’re trying to be intrusive, it’s so we’re able to start preparing your application.

We also have a duty to establish your deposit has come from a legitimate source. Every lender and solicitor will ask about your deposit source, so it’s important that mortgage brokers understand this from the outset. Anti-money laundering regulation requires solicitors, lenders and advisors to ensure that mortgage deposits have not come from any illegal activity.

It’s also necessary for lenders to assess your entire financial profile. Understanding how you’ve accumulated a mortgage deposit helps lenders to do this. As all lenders vary in what they will and won’t accept, mortgage deposits are no different.

Some lenders will accept gifted deposits with little fuss, whereas other lenders won’t. This is another reason why it’s vital for your mortgage advisor to understand your deposit source.

Knowing where your deposit has come from enables us to place your application with the right lender. It would be pointless in placing an application with a lender who simply doesn’t accept your deposit source.

Personal savings

Personal savings are the most common form of mortgage deposits in the UK. As deposits are saved in bank accounts, lenders can often calculate the increase in savings over a certain period of time. This helps lenders in assessing the legality of your income source. You will need to provide evidence of any income, such as bank statements, payslips or accounts if you’re self-employed.

Lenders should be satisfied if your mortgage deposit has come from your own personal savings. Even the strictest of lenders shouldn’t have any issues.

On occasion, very strict lenders may probe further into your savings and how they’ve accumulated. This can involve requesting additional payslips, accounts or older bank statements.


Deposits from inheritance are typically accepted without any major issues.

You’ll still require a clear paper trail outlining that you’re the executor of the inheritance. Legal documents may also be requested from lenders to assess the inheritance in detail.

Read more: How to get a mortgage through probate and inheritance.

Gifted deposits

A gifted deposit is simply a deposit or part of a deposit that has been gifted to you. Although a gift is generally acceptable, it does need to meet a lender’s requirements.

The majority of lenders will only accept gifts from documented family members. Even if your gift has come from stepfamily, it’s usually accepted.

If your gift has come from a friend or other source, then the majority of lenders won’t accept your mortgage application. That said, there are still a few lenders that may accept gifted deposits from non-family members.

Gifts from third parties are very hard to use as mortgage deposits. This is because of anti-money laundering regulations and to minimise fraud. It isn’t impossible, but it is very difficult.

If you’re using a gifted mortgage deposit, then you will undergo comprehensive checks. Again, this is to minimise the risk of fraud and money laundering. On occasion, the individual gifting you the deposit may also undergo checks.

Read more: How to get a mortgage with a gifted deposit.

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Deposit from selling a property

If you’ve just sold or are in the process of selling a property, the chances are you’ll want to reuse your initial deposit and any equity you’ve gained to secure your next property. This is a very common scenario and lenders rarely have any issues with this.

Lenders will require evidence of your sale and will also evaluate any charges on the property. Underwriters may contact your solicitor to check the progress of your property sale.

If the mortgage isn’t secured in the name of the applicant, then this can cause problems. This is because the proceeds of the sale will go to the mortgage owner of that specific property.

Funds from selling assets

In addition to a property, you may have other valuable assets. Valuable assets such as cars, jewellery and anything that has a recognised value, can be sold to then purchase a home. Using proceeds from the sale of assets to fund a mortgage deposit is often accepted.

Lenders will probe into the details of your transactions. This is because they need to be confident that your deposit hasn’t come from an illegitimate source.

Overseas deposits

Using overseas income as a deposit is typically assessed on a case by case basis. Deposits from overseas are complex. This is because lenders have a duty to ensure your deposit is legitimate. This can be tricky for most lenders, but it all depends on your paper trail.

Some lenders will flat out decline your application. Whereas other lenders may offer more flexibility and at least investigate your application. Having an advisor on board is paramount, as applying to the wrong lender will waste your time and money.

Credit cards and personal loans

Using an unsecured loan for a mortgage deposit isn’t generally accepted. Personal loans and credit cards aren’t often accepted as viable deposit sources. That being said, it isn’t impossible. There are lenders that may accept unsecured finance as a viable deposit source, but you would be severely limiting your mortgage options.

Using payday loans and other forms of quick finance will also reduce your mortgage options. Regularly using emergency loans can sway lenders into thinking that you’re not financially stable. Relying on finance on a monthly basis only weakens your mortgage application.

Please note: This is not related to personal loans from people, but personal loans from finance companies.

Deposits from bridging loans

Bridging loans can be quite useful for certain ’emergency’ situations or property investments. Bridging finance is generally accepted by lenders, as the borrower is placing the majority of risk on themselves. This is because bridging finance often has high rates attached.

Fees are usually charged on a monthly basis, with rates starting at 1% per month! Nonetheless, bridging finance can be a great tool when used correctly.

Read more: What is a bridging loan?

Proceeds from gambling

Big wins from gambling can sometimes be used as deposits, but the issue is rather complex. This is because lenders will assess your overall expenditure. Whether you win big or lose small, gambling will still be classed as an expenditure.

Even if you’ve saved a deposit from other income sources, having large gambling bills on a monthly basis can deter lenders. If lenders are happy to consider you, it can still impact your affordability.

This means that a lender may accept you for a mortgage, but only offer you a reduced loan amount. If you wish to maximise your mortgage loan and get a great deal, then reducing your time spent on gambling is a must.


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Martin is a senior mortgage advisor and has held a CeMAP qualification for over 15 years while also completing an MBA in Global Banking & Finance.