Banks have flexibility to decide on borrower's debt service ratio: Bank Negara

 Publish date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018, 12:56 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Banks have considerable flexibility to determine income sources and the appropriate debt-to-income level or debt service ratio (DSR) that borrowers can reasonably sustain, says Bank Negara Malaysia.

In a statement issued on its Housing Watch website today, BNM said the DSR adopted by financial institutions took into consideration the financial circumstances of the borrower based on several factors.

"The factors include a borrower's income, existing debt repayment obligations a borrower is already committed to, and reasonable buffers to meet essential expenditures and emergencies," the central bank said, adding that it had not prescribed a DSR level for civil servants.

The statement was released in response to a local media article entitled "Lending rules for housing may be relaxed but analysts are wary" dated June 16, 2018.

As of March this year, BNM said 72 per cent (or almost three in four) of housing loan applications were approved by banks.

Of this, 71 per cent were applications for the purchase of affordable homes priced below RM500,000.

BNM said banks took into consideration other sources of income, including variable income, of the borrowers in assessing loan affordability provided that these are supported by documentary evidence such as bank statement, commission statement or rental agreement.

"Banks also commonly allow for a spouse or family member to be joint borrower(s) of the housing loan to improve affordability.

"Major banks with such practices include Maybank, CIMB, Public Bank, RHB, AmBank, Hong Leong Bank, Affin Bank and Bank Islam," it said. -- BERNAMA

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relaks If 93% working Malaysian not even qualify to pay income tax, are we surprise klau bank x approve of their loans? Sewa je la. Belanja sekadar mampu. Or gomen sapu all affordable housing, lease back to rakyat like in Spore. (Imagine after 61 yrs, 9/10 ppl are still soooo poor. WTF! )
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