Higher lending charge

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A higher lending charge (HLC) is a charge made by mortgage lenders in the UK when the loan-to-value ratio of a mortgage is higher than they are prepared to accept at standard rates.

Typically, HLCs are applied to loans in excess of 90% of the property value although, until the 1990s, the limit was usually 75%.

A number of mortgage lenders do not charge HLCs. They avoid this by either restricting the availability of their mortgages to lower loan-to-value ratios, or charging higher rates on loans with a higher loan-to-value. Differential pricing of this nature is also referred to as "pricing for risk".

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