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Second-charge lending hits pre-pandemic highs in May

Second charge lending hit pre-pandemic daily levels in May as the country emerges from the year-long battle against Covid-19.

At the height of the pandemic in May 2020 just £21,000 of lending was recorded by the FLA – the lowest on record according to the Loans Warehouse Secured Loans Index.


A year later, in May 2021, the second charge lending level totalled £90m.


According to Matthew Tristan, managing director of, this is lower that the post-pandemic high, but that is a result of it being a shorter month.


He said: “That’s comparing a 23-day month to a 19-day month, and had May been a 23-day month, new lending would have passed £109m.


“These figures show that lending increased 15% month-on-month and also highlight an incredible 76% record breaking year-on-year increase.”


During the month, the number of completions increased by 264 when compared to April and was the third consecutive month of completions above 2,000.


Year to date, £390m in second charges have been recorded, Loans Warehouse figures showed.

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