Was your company placed under external administration or liquidated?

An insolvent company remains listed on the credit file of the directors, even after it has been deregistered.

So how can the former directors with a blemished credit history apply for home loans or other mortgages?

What are the qualifying criteria?

We can assist you to apply for a mortgage if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your income comes from a source other than the insolvent company.
  • You can prove your income.
  • Your company is not currently in external administration.
  • Loans to refinance directors’ guarantees or debts are considered.
  • You are borrowing no more than 90% of the property value.

Did you know some lenders only look at your personal credit file?

Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and one of our specialist mortgage brokers will help you to get your mortgage approved!

Proving your income

Under the NCCP Act it is a requirement for lenders to prove that you can afford the debt that you are applying for.

You can do this in several different ways:

  • If you now have a job, you can provide payslips.
  • If you have other businesses, then you can provide tax returns or financial statements.
  • If you have other businesses, and cannot prove your income, then we can consider a low doc loan.
  • If your loan is predominately for business purposes and is for less than 65% of the value of your property, then we can consider a no doc loan.
  • If the liquidation is still in progress then a letter from the voluntary administrator may be required.

Defaults in the name of your company

Did you know that not all lenders check the credit file of your companies?

If you have defaults, court judgements or other adverse listings on the credit file of your company then some lenders will assess you, as the director, as having clear credit.

However, if a company that you were a director of has been placed into liquidation then this will remain on your personal credit file. While this is not seen favourably, it is seen in a better light than if you had been bankrupt.

If we can provide evidence of what happened to cause your company to go into liquidation, and that this was a one off event, then we can usually help you to get approved with one of our major lenders at a competitive interest rate.

Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers will call you back.

Borrowing while your company is being liquidated

We cannot help you to borrow in the name of your company while it is being liquidated.

However it is possible for you, as the director, to obtain a mortgage though one of our specialist lenders.

Most lenders require the liquidation to be finalised before approving a loan. This is because unpaid directors’ loans, wages or superannuation may still be sought from the director.

If you can obtain a letter from the liquidator to confirm that the liquidation is still in progress, and if there do not appear to be any claims against you as the director, then we can assist you with getting approved for a mortgage.

If you have significant equity in your properties then we can obtain approval to refinance any liabilities to your company or to creditors that had a personal guarantee from you.

Recovery against the director

If a company is in receivership or liquidation, then in some situations it is possible for the receiver or liquidator to make a claim against the director.

However, if the company is in administration then it is not possible to make a claim against the directors without a court order.

What is an insolvent company?

Your company is insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts by the due date.

Cashflow insolvency is when your company does not have the cashflow to pay its debts.

Balance sheet insolvency is when your company owes more than it owns, in other words it has a negative net asset position.

What is external administration?

External administration is the term used for all types of insolvency arrangements.

The external administrator can be known as the voluntary administrator, liquidator or receiver, depending on their role.

The company is sometimes still trading during this process, if it appears that this is in the best interests of creditors.

The main types of external administration are voluntary administration, liquidation and receivership.

What is voluntary administration?

This is where the directors or a secured creditor appoint an external administator.

Their aim is to make an assessment of the company and either enter into a Deed Of Company Arrangement (DOCA), go into liquidation or return the company to the control of the directors.

In most cases the company either enters into a DOCA or goes into liquidation. Obviously an administrator is not appointed unless the company is in serious financial trouble.

What is liquidation?

Liquidation is the process of selling a company’s assets, winding up and deregistering the company.

A company can be put into liquidation by a court order, creditors or by the directors.

A company in liquidation does not trade out of its position or get returned back to the directors.

What is receivership?

A receiver can be appointed by a secured creditor, for example a bank with a mortgage over a property owned by the company.

In most cases the creditor has a fixed and floating charge over the company and no court order is needed.

The goal of the receiver is to sell assets to repay or reduce the debt to the secured creditor.

A receivership does not always result in the company going into liquidation. If there are sufficient assets then the company may eventually be returned back to the directors.

Apply for a mortgage

Do you need help to get approved for a home loan, business loan or investment property loan?

We know which banks and specialist lenders can consider your situation, even if you need to refinance company debts.

We also know how to present your application to get the best possible chance of approval and interest rates.

Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and one of our specialist mortgage brokers will let you know your options.