Just wanted to update members of what happened to me when I needed to change my mortgage. Initially I looked at Unlock website and looked at which mortgage lenders asked about criminal convictions and which didn't. I did a bit of research and Abbey-Santander which previously didn't ask about conviction now had on website that they won't lend if you have a conviction. Then I contacted Lloyds who didn't raise the issue so I didn't disclose since I wasn't asked. Then when I contacted a conveyancing solicitor and disclosed my conviction she said that now that I had told her she would have to write to the mortgage lender and disclose my conviction because it was as far as she was concerned a "material fact". If I hadn't disclosed the information then she would not feel obliged to tell the lender. I didn't sign any agreement papers with that solicitor and I changed conveyancing solicitor. This time I decided not disclose unless I was asked. The new solicitor didn't ask, so I didn't need to disclose. My mortgage went through. Incidently the first solicitor didn't ask me to disclose, I just did because I stupidly thought I had to disclose all to my solicitor. It was very stressful since I was under pressure to re-mortgage for various personal reasons and despite the fact that I've got a job and rebuilding my life, it's disappointing that some lenders and some solicitors won't give you a chance but if you look hard enough you'll find someone who will.