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What Is the Effect of COVID-19 on Home Loans?

The Malaysian government has announced a conditional extension of the automatic moratorium by Bank Negara Malaysia for those still affected. Qualified borrowers will get an extra three months to make repayments before their mortgage becomes a Non-Performing loan. 

The word COVID-19, has become a household name for hardship and suffering to many people around the world. Nearly every day, you read or hear about people losing their jobs, companies closing down, pay cuts and so on. Most of us are forced to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and accept the fact that things are not going to be the same anymore. Along with every other country, Malaysia is trying its best to make the best out of the current situation.

Here we are going to look into property loans and how it will impact home loan borrowers. On June 5th 2020, our Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced the “Pelan Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara” (PENJANA).

Of the 3 announcements related to properties, the one that will affect loan borrowers is the lifting of the 70% borrowing cap on a homebuyer’s third properties and onwards, with a minimum transaction value of RM600,000. This will take effect from 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2021. This is good news for borrowers who are in need of a higher margin of finance for their third property onwards. This lift is done in the hopes that it will encourage more investors to buy properties.

What are the new updates for BNM’s Loan Moratorium extension? 

During the start of MCO, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) announced that starting from 1st April 2020, loan borrowers will get a 6-month long automatic moratorium, ending 30th September 2020. During this period, borrowers (except for credit cards) will enjoy an automatic loan instalment deferment.  It was recently announced on 29th July 2020 that an extension on loan moratorium will be given to provide further financial relief. The extension criteria include: 

  1. Employees who lost their jobs will get an extension for another 3 months. After 3 months, they can apply for further extension but it will depend on the bank’s approval. 

  2. Employees whose salary is reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic will have their monthly instalment reduced in tandem. This will only be valid for a period of 6 months. Any further extension will depend on the bank’s discretion.

  3. For SME customers and other individual borrowers who are running their own businesses, like hawkers for example, they will be eligible for either one of the following loan repayment flexibility:

  • Pay only loan interest

  • Extension of loan tenure years to reduce the monthly instalment

  • At the bank’s discretion, additional benefits can be given to those who are affected.

This article was first published as "What is the effect of COVID-19 on Home Loans?" on iProperty.com.my.

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