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Support for Mortgage Interest

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) is a loan that helps you pay for the interest on a mortgage or other eligible home improvements.

What is Support for Mortgage Interest?

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) is a loan to help you pay for the interest on mortgage payments or home improvement loans. It's also known as Help with Housing Costs.

If you have enough equity in your property, you'll eventually pay back what you borrowed – either when your property is sold, its ownership is transferred, or it forms part of your estate after your death.

How much Support for Mortgage Interest could I get?

If you don't receive Pension Credit, you could get help paying interest on up to £200,000 of your mortgage or loan.

If you receive Pension Credit, you could get help on up to £100,000.

In most cases, the SMI payment is made directly to your lender. Interest is currently calculated at a rate of 2.09%.

You'll be charged 'compound' interest on an SMI loan, which means each month's interest is added to your total borrowed amount when the next month's interest is calculated.

Compound interest on an SMI loan can sometimes mount up more quickly than you'd expect, leaving you with less equity in your home. It's important to consider your options carefully before going ahead.

Am I eligible for Support for Mortgage Interest?

You might be eligible for SMI if you receive one of the following benefits:

As well as claiming one of the above benefits, you must also be liable to pay interest on your mortgage or have an eligible home improvement loan.

What extra money are you entitled to?

Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Our Benefits Calculator can help you, quickly and easily, to find out what you could be claiming.

How do I claim Support for Mortgage Interest?

How you should apply for SMI depends on what other benefits you currently receive.

  • If you receive Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), contact Jobcentre Plus.
  • If you receive Pension Credit, contact the Pension Service.
  • If you receive Universal Credit, contact the Universal Credit helpline.

Want more information?

There's more about SMI on the Government website.

Visit GOV.UK to find out more

We're here to help

We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 125 local Age UKs.

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Last updated: Apr 14 2022

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