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Is a building society allowed to advance a mortgage of £123,000

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Is a building society allowed to advance a mortgage of £123,000 to a couple with no life assurance? The couple were in their 50's and now the husband has died and the wife is left with a mortgage to pay until she is 84!!
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Why did the couple not obtain life assurance?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That is difficult to answer. My brother in law may have said no or that he would find his own, but I am surprised the Coventry Building Society didn't insist on him either using their insurance or providing proof of a policy he had taken out on his own life.
Thank you for your help, much appreciated.
Thanks for the additional information.
I have looked at some of the terms and conditions that exist for secured home borrowing including the Financial Conduct Authority's handbook on mortgages.
I cannot see any legal obligation on the lender to ensure that an applicant has life assurance before lending. They have to check affordability and the borrowers ability to repay the mortgage but there is no obligation to ensure that a life policy is in place - that ultimately is a matter for the borrower.
If the wife feels this is unfair then she can certainly complaint to the building society and take the matter to Financial Ombudsman if necessary but even if the FO decides that the loan should not have been given that would not absolve the wife of liability to repay the borrowing.
I hope this assists. Happy to discuss further if needed.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your prompt service and reply. I accept your comments and will now be able to put that out of my mind and concentrate on helping my sister financially. Pleasure doing business and I will use you again in the future.
Kind regards,