- Policymakers in Northern Ireland should examine the targeting of mortgage safety nets and the potential impacts of converting Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) to an equity loan. Claims for SMI should automatically trigger housing and debt advice.
- The region should also support smooth exits from the tenure – through mortgage rescue or assisted voluntary sales depending on vulnerability – if demonstrably unsustainable.
- To help home-owners manage their circumstances themselves, policymakers should work with lenders to support the porting of mortgages. They should also consider mechanisms to facilitate loan modifications for struggling but sustainable borrowers.