Wth? Has the UK gone mad? More importantly, will our president who wants to rule the world while desiring to emulate the failings of the UK’s government dare think of including such madness in his nanny state agenda?
“Homebuyers could be forced to provide detailed information about the amount of money they spend on alcohol each month to qualify for a new mortgage under a new clampdown on reckless lending.
In a sweeping review of the mortgage market published today, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said lenders needed to be far more rigorous about their financial checks of potential borrowers.
It said lenders should delve deeper into homebuyers’ personal spending including the amount they spend on alcohol and tobacco.
Spending on shoes, clothes and childcare could also be assessed under a new, industry-wide ‘affordability test’.
At present, the FSA does not prescribe rules about assessing a consumers’ ability to repay a mortgage and practices vary from one lender to the next….”