New advice for building society borrowers facing difficulties

Despite what some people believe, telling your building society you might have problems paying your mortgage does NOT mean they will start to repossess your home.

The booklet - Can't Pay Your Mortgage? - covers information on the six steps you must take to ensure you don't lose your home, what happens when you contact a building society, the role of money advisers; and a section on where to turn for further help and advice. It also dismisses some of the "urban myths" associated with having mortgage repayment difficulties.

The booklet is available from the BSA website and many building societies. The Money Advice Trust is also circulating the booklet amongst its advisers.

Commenting on the launch of the booklet, Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgage Policy at the BSA said: "Struggling borrowers should contact their building society as soon as possible. If they read this booklet, the guidance contained in it will alleviate any fears they have about their home being immediately repossessed and give them all the information they need to contact their building society with confidence to discuss their mortgage arrears."

Joanna Elson, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust said: "During these difficult times it is vital that people seek free independent debt advice if they are concerned they may not be able to keep up payments on their home. A free, independent, money adviser can help you look at all options including accessing relevant government support. We are pleased to be working with the BSA to ensure people in debt get the help and support they need."