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Bank of England base rate changes

What is the Bank of England base rate?


The base rate is the official bank rate set by the Bank of England. It is reviewed regularly and when it changes, lenders’ variable interest rates normally do too. Higher interest rates mean bigger repayments on loans you’ve taken out, like your mortgage.

How would a change affect your mortgage?

Following the reductions to the Bank of England Base Rate on 11 and 19 March we will make the following changes to our interest rates, effective from 2 April 2020.

Our Standard Variable Rate, currently 4.99%, will decrease to 4.34%.

Our Buy-to-Let Variable Rate, currently 5.19%, will decrease to 4.54%.

Our Loyalty Rate for qualifying residential customers, currently 4.74%, will decrease to 4.09%.

All rates will be effective from 1 May 2020 for existing customers.

To understand how the base rate changes might affect you, the first thing to do is check what type of mortgage you're on:

As tracker mortgages are directly linked to the Bank of England Base Rate, the interest rate on your mortgage will always move in line with any changes to the Base Rate, as explained in the Offer of Loan for your mortgage.

The change to our interest rate will be effective from 1 May for existing customers and with immediate effect for new customers. We will write to you around 2 weeks in advance of any change to confirm your new monthly mortgage payment and your new interest rate.

The changes to our Standard Variable Rate and Buy-to-Let Variable Rate will take effect from 1 May for existing customers. We will write to you around 2 weeks in advance of any change to confirm your new interest rate and monthly payment.

The change to our loyalty rate will take effect from 1 May for existing customers. We will write to you around 2 weeks in advance of any change to confirm your new interest rate and monthly payment.

We will continue to honour all Base Rate guarantees. You continue to pay either our new Standard Variable Rate (SVR) or the guarantee stated within your original offer, whichever is lower.

Fixed rate mortgages are not affected by any change in the Bank of England base rate during the fixed rate period.

A Freedom to Fix mortgage tracks the Bank of England Base Rate, but with the flexibility to switch to a fixed rate mortgage at any time during your tracker rate period, without paying an Early Repayment Charge. Your interest rate will therefore be increased or decreased in line with any change to the Bank of England Base Rate. If your circumstances change and you decide that you would like to fix your interest rate, you can. A product fee may apply.

The change to our interest rate will be effective from 1 May for existing customers and with immediate effect for new customers. We will write to you around 2 weeks in advance of any change to confirm your new monthly mortgage payment and your new interest rate.

If you would like to review your mortgage please call us on 0345 605 0500 to speak to one of our dedicated mortgage advisers.

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If we make any changes to the variable rate part of your mortgage, we will write to you around 2 weeks in advance of any change with the new interest rate and monthly payment for this part of your mortgage. The fixed rate part of your mortgage will not be affected by any change in the Bank of England base rate during your fixed rate period.

Looking to switch your Virgin Money mortgage deal?

Is your current Virgin Money mortgage deal coming to an end, or are you already on our Standard Variable Rate or Buy-to-Let Variable Rate? See if our mortgage rates could save you money.

Find out more about switching your mortgage deal

Worried about repaying your mortgage?

We want to offer you as much support as we can. If you think you may have difficulty keeping up with your mortgage payments, please call us to discuss your options.

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