Mortgages for the self-employed
Whether your clients are self-employed, contractors or freelancers; croupiers, builders, start-up entrepreneurs or dentists, our range of mortgages are designed to work for them.
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15% of the UK workforce is self-employed*. 
Many might not apply for a mortgage for fear of rejection. Our mission is to change that.

*ONS Trends in self-employment in the UK – Feb 2018 

Clearer criteria for those impacted by the pandemic 

Based on your feedback, we've updated our self-employed criteria to allow for the various government support options that your clients’ may have used.

  • We no longer need evidence of funds to support 3 months mortgage payments
  • We can accept income evidence for the following Government support schemes:
    • SEISS Grant/Business Support Grants
    • Job Retention Scheme Payments
    • Bounce Back Loan / Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
  • We can accept cases where the business has had employees on furlough, as long as this has not been within the last 3 months

Download our guide to see what we can accept as self-employed income evidence

Self-employed income guide 

Lending criteria that's flexible

We’ll work off your client’s latest years accounts

We only require 1 year's trading history up to 85% LTV

Contractor income is calculated on current weekly contract x48 weeks


  • Sole traders and partnerships: Latest year’s net profit (or share of) accepted
  • Limited Company directors: Share of latest year’s net profit after tax or salary and dividends accepted
  • No restriction on professions 
  • Same rates as for employed clients
  • Debt Management Plans considered


View our residential lending policy


Customers we can support
  • Sole traders
  • Daily rate contractors
  • Freelancers
  • Newly self-employed
  • First time buyers
  • Remortgages
  • Home-movers
  • Entrepreneurs



The Kensington Difference
  • Manual underwriting - We use people to underwrite your client’s application rather than rely on machines.
  • Flexible criteria - One size never fits all. That's why our lending criteria are designed to be flexible, meaning we can accommodate the inevitable ebbs and flows that can happen when your clients work for themselves
  • Experience and expertise - It’s fair to say there's not much we don’t know about self-employed applicants. In 2020 alone, over a third of our completed mortgages were for applicants who were self-employed.



Useful links for you
Residential products
Download our residential product guide to find what products are available
Residential calculator
Use our residential calculator to see how much your client could borrow


Watch our videos

From webinars to FAQs, find all our self-employed videos here.


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Kensington and Kensington Mortgages are trading names of Kensington Mortgage Company Limited (registered in England & Wales No. 03049877), which has its registered office address at: Ascot House, Maidenhead Office Park, Maidenhead SL6 3QQ.

Kensington Mortgage Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference No. 310336). Some investment mortgage contracts are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.