The FSA is reported to be planning to require all mortgage lenders to obtain evidence of the income of persons applying for mortgages in future.
Apparently at present over 40% of new mortgages are advanced based on self-certified figures of income.
I have to say that amongst my 'clients' (normally individuals facing criminal charges) it is very common to see that they have obtained a mortgage based on income figures which are inconsistent with the income shown on their tax returns (if indeed they have made any tax returns).
Is self-certification almost an invitation to lie about your income? Or is it a necessary option for dealing with genuine applicants with fluctuating income or unusual circumstances?