Tiuta opts out of regulation

Tiuta opts out of regulation


Tiuta has today announced that it is will no longer be accepting regulated loan applications.

 The company noted that regulated business did not form part of its ‘core’ business.


Martin Kearns, Head of Strategic Policy at Tiuta, commented:“Following a complete review of the business strategy Tiuta has decided that it will stick to what it excels at, namely secured bridging lending to professional and experienced customers.  There is an enormous demand for such loans in the UK and we have the funding lines and expertise to remain the number one provider in this market.  Our current bridging loan lending figures are increasing month by month which shows this part of the market continues to thrive.


“As such we have also decided that we will no longer accept any regulated loans for the foreseeable future as, in the event of a loan default, it can take up to a year to have the loan capital repaid which is not acceptable to our stakeholders. Plus the regulated part of Tiuta’s business made up only 2% of our entire loan book value and we feel the additional time and resource this takes can no longer be justified.


“The review has clearly highlighted that we should now focus all our efforts on the core business which is dealing with professionals who use bridging loans to often renovate or add value to a property, and then replace our loan with a standard mortgage after maximising the value of the property.  We believe our track record in the sector is second to none and already we are on course for our best trading month on record in May, with the outlook for June looking even better.


“As a result of this decision we have decided to voluntarily remove our permission to offer regulated loans but remain an authorised business to manage and administer our regulated loan book.”


Mike Davies, Chairman of Connaught Asset Management, said: “As one of the main funders of Tiuta’s loan book we fully support this decision as clearly it is in our investors’ best interests to ensure that if a loan ever does default in the loan book, the capital can be reclaimed and reinvested as quickly as possible.  Also the intention of the monies we lend through our funds is to the professional client wanting to bridge a property for property renovation, predominantly in the buy-to-let arena; lending into the residential mortgage market has never been our focus. We have always discouraged regulated loan activity for this reason which is why it has always been such a small part of Tiuta’s business.”


Tiuta’s decision to opt out of the regulated sector of bridging finance comes at a time when several lenders have taken the opposite strategic approach by applying for FSA regulation.


It is, however, apparent that whilst many lenders feel that regulation may be necessary and obligatory in the future, at this point unregulated loans are far more abundant.


By Katie-Jill Rowland

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