Martin Lewis as issued a warning to UK homeowners amid the financial expert’s concerns over mortgage payments.

The Money Saving Expert founder issued the warning on his ITV show, The Martin Lewis Money Show last night.

Martin Lewis issues warning to ITV viewers

He warned viewers: "To get a mortgage, to be accepted, you have to pass a credit check and an affordability check. An affordability check examines 'have you got room to pay this mortgage'.

"But we're in the midst of a cost of living crisis. So everyone has less room than they did before because other costs have gone up. So my great fear is we've seen interest rates go up but more people aren't going to be accepted when they apply for a mortgage because more are going to fail affordability checks.

"And that leaves us with a ticking timebomb because most people are on cheap fixes and they're going to expect to fix again on the cheap rate and it's going to be a lot higher and they may not be able to get them and that is a real problem coming forward.”

He continued: "So if you're coming to the end of your rate, you need to prepare in advance. You might even want to pay a booking fee to lock in a cheap mortgage in case things get more expensive and if it doesn't you can get a cheaper one elsewhere, so it's like an insurance policy so you lose a few hundred quid but have locked in a cheap mortgage. Speak to a mortgage broker for help.

"As for two or five year deal? Well if things are going up and you want certainty and you can get a cheap five year deal, a five year deal will give you certainty. I can't promise it will have been cheapest when you look back in hindsight, but if you want peace of mind, in an uncertain world - and boy are we in an uncertain world - then fix and fix longer."