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Good Practice Guidelines from FLA for lenders

Good Practice Guidelines from FLA for lenders

Category: Mortgages

Updated: 18/11/2008
First Published: 18/11/2008

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The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) which represents over 75% of the second charge mortgage market, today launched new Good Practice Guidelines for consumers encountering repayment difficulties, to see what they should expect from their lender.

Member companies of the FLA are already required to treat customers in difficulty sympathetically and positively and the new guidelines will supplement this. Key commitments include:

  • Strongly encourage customers to seek free and independent money advice.
  • Discuss a repayment plan which is realistic, taking into account the customer's individual circumstances.
  • Ensure that the customer has a contact point who can answer their questions.
  • Not to take possession action where a reasonable repayment plan has been agreed and the customer is sticking to it.

These new Guidelines, which usefully set out clearly how lenders can help customers with repayment problems, complement the work being undertaken by the Government on responsible lending.

Stephen Sklaroff (FLA Director General) said: "FLA members are committed to treating customers facing repayment difficulties fairly and sympathetically. These new Guidelines will give customers the extra reassurance of knowing that the industry is doing everything it can to ensure that people facing problems in current economic circumstances are given the help and advice they need, and that repossession remains very much a last resort."

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