One in five left on SVR

It also found two years of this 'mortgage inertia' would cost households an extra £2,600 each – a hefty price to pay for not shopping around.

Louise Cuming, head of mortgages at, said: “This shows how vital it is for homeowners to find the most competitive product when their fixed rate deal comes to an end. Providers have long played on the fact homeowners can be slow to react when their deal ends. Switching homeowners to an SVR increases bank and building society profits at our expense.

"People should bear in mind for just a little work comparing mortgages, the rewards can be huge. Anyone coming to the end of a fixed term product should be looking for their next deal now and not leaving it until they have languished on an SVR for a while. Lenders will sting you for laziness.

“With one in five homeowners on an SVR, it is crucial for people to look for a better deal.”