Cautious welcome for tougher mortgage rules

The City watchdog’s proposals for the mortgage market received a cautious welcome from the industry today. But trade bodies expressed concerns about how some of the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) measures would be implemented, as well as the impact a ban on self-certification mortgages would have on certain borrowers. Paul Broadhead, head of mortgage policy at the Building Societies Association, said: ‘We need a sensible balance between appropriate regulation and allowing people to buy their own home when they can afford to do so.’ The Council of Mortgage Lenders said the FSA seemed to believe that regulation could not rely on borrowers behaving in their own interests, but that consumers instead needed measures to be introduced to protect them from themselves. However, HHSE, the housing and homelessness charity, called on the FSA to implement the changes it was proposing urgently to ensure the ‘dark days of reckless lending never return.’