I currently co-own a house with a friend, in a 50/50 tenants in common agreement. We bought it in 2007 for £120k, and got a 97% repayment mortgage of £116,400. I am now looking to get out of this arrangement, and rent/buy a new home with my partner. However, our house is now only worth £95k according to a recent EA valuation.
My co-owner originally agreed to buy me out and thus take on the mortgage himself, with the arrangement of me giving him £7k to cover my half of the NE. However he has been to the lender and they have told him that he would need to get the mortgage down to £80k in order for him to take it on himself, so this idea is out of the window as far as he is concerned, as he cannot afford to do this (I presumed when he agreed in principle to buying me out, he was going to do it with financial help from his parents, but it would appear not!)
So, after much deliberation with my partner, we have decided we want to offer to buy him out instead on the same terms, with him giving me the £7k instead to cover his half of the NE). I am 99% sure that based on our earnings, the bank would lend us the necessary amount to more than cover the existing mortgage.
My question is, will the lender (Halifax in case it makes a difference!) simply let the two of us take over the existing mortgage with all it's rates/terms etc.? And if so, how much, if any, will they make us pay off it, because of the current value of the house? Can we just keep it as it is, owing the £109k and continuing with our normal repayments, or will we have to pay off the negative equity, or worse still, will we have to pay off enough to take us down to a 90% mortgate, or even lower?! We can just about afford to get the mortgage down to £95k if we HAVE to (though the money would be gladly spent on house improvements if not!), but we can't really afford to pay off any more than that.
Is this plan for us to buy him out now feasible, or am I just wishful thinking?!
(BTW, the mortgage is on SVR at the moment, so no fees would be incured in paying off a chunk of the mortgage)