Related provisions for CONC 2.5.1
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1CONC 4.4.3 R does not apply where:(1) the customer indicates to the firm that he wishes to enter into a credit agreement secured by a legal or equitable mortgage on land;(2) the firm makes it clear to the customer that it is willing to carry on credit broking for that customer only in relation to credit agreements secured by a legal or equitable mortgage on land; and(3) the firm does not indicate (by express words or otherwise) that it is willing to carry on credit broking for
(1) 1CONC 4.4.3 R prohibits a firm from asking a customer for any payment details, including the card number and security code of a debit card or a credit card, or using those payment details, without first sending an information notice to the customer and receiving a customer confirmation. (2) CONC 4.4.3 R applies in respect of any sum due from a customer, however it is described and irrespective of whether it is payable to the firm or a third party (for example, a firm cannot
2CONC 3.7.5 R to CONC 3.7.8 G:(1) apply to a financial promotion or a communication with a customer in relation to credit broking whether or not it is in relation to a regulated credit agreement; but(2) do not apply to a financial promotion or a communication with a customer which clearly indicates that it is made solely in respect of credit broking in relation to a credit agreement secured by a legal or equitable mortgage on land.
A firm must, in a financial promotion or a document which is intended for individuals which relates to its credit broking, indicate the extent of its powers and in particular whether it works exclusively with one or more lenders or works independently. [Note: section 160A(3) of CCA][Note: article 21(a) of the Consumer Credit Directive]
(1) Under section 155 of the CCA an individual has a right to a refund of the firm's fee (less £5) (or for that fee not to be payable) where the individual has not entered into an agreement to which section 155 applies within six months of an introduction:5(a) to a source of credit or of bailment (or in Scotland of hire); or5(b) to another firm that carries on credit broking of the kind specified in article 36A(1)(a) to (c) of the RAO disregarding the effect of paragraph (2) of
3If a customer has not entered into an agreement referred to in section 155(2) of the CCA within six months of the customer being introduced by the firm to a potential source of credit or of bailment (or in Scotland of hire), or to another firm that carries on credit broking of the kind specified in article 36A(1)(a) to (c) of the RAO (disregarding the effect of paragraph (2) of that article)5, as soon as reasonably practicable after the expiry of that six-month period a firm
The credit-related regulated activities comprise consumer credit lending, credit broking, debt counselling, debt adjusting, debt administration, debt collecting, providing credit information services, providing credit references, operating an electronic system in relation to lending (but, other than in FEES and SUP, only insofar as it relates to a borrower or prospective borrower under a P2P agreement)1 and consumer hiring.
(1) 2CONC does not apply to credit agreements secured on land, with some limited exceptions as set out in (3) and (4), below. (2) Agreements secured by a second or subsequent charge on the customer’s home are, where regulated, governed by MCOB from 21 March 2016 (subject to transitional provisions allowing for the earlier adoption of MCOB). For detailed guidance on the regulation of secured lending, see PERG 4.(3) The agreements secured on land to which CONC may apply include
2Subject to CONC 1.2.10R:(1) the following provisions of CONC apply to an MCD article 3(1)(b) creditor and to an MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediary:(a) CONC 1.2 and CONC 1.3 (application and purpose and guidance on financial difficulties); (b) CONC 2.2 (general principles for credit-related regulated activities);(c) CONC 2.7 (distance marketing);(d) CONC 2.8 (e-commerce); and(e) CONC 2.9 (prohibition of unsolicited credit tokens);(2) the following provisions of CONC additionally
Firms which carry on consumer credit lending or credit broking should comply with all rules which apply to that regulated activity in CONC and other parts of the Handbook. For example, CONC 7 applies to matters concerning arrears, default and recovery (including repossession) and applies generally, including to agreements to which this chapter applies. This chapter sets out specific additional requirements and guidance that apply in relation to credit agreements secured on land
An effect of GEN 7.1.1R and GEN 7.2.1R is that this chapter applies for contracts by which a firm provides, or agrees to provide, credit broking services. In particular, this chapter applies where a telephone line is operated by a credit broker so that following the entry into a contract for the provision of credit broking services, a customer is able to contact the firm with a view to entering into a credit agreement or a consumer hire agreement.
The following provisions of CONC continue to apply where a firm operates a telephone line in respect of the relevant credit-related regulated activities but the call charges rule does not apply (for example, where a telephone line is operated for the purpose of enabling a consumer to contact the firm before a contract has been entered into):(1) CONC 2.5.8R and CONC 2.5.9G (unfair business practices: credit broking);(2) CONC 2.6.3R and CONC 2.6.4G (unfair business practices: debt
Where a borrower or a prospective borrower pays a charge: (1) to a firm, that carries on or has carried on credit broking in relation to an agreement or prospective agreement for high-cost short-term credit, which is in the same group as the firm which is to provide, provides or has provided credit under the agreement for high-cost short-term credit; or (2) to a firm, that carries on or has carried on credit broking in relation to an agreement or prospective agreement for high-cost
The controlled activities in PERG 8.17-A.6 G and PERG 8.17-A.7 G are substantially the same as the regulated activities of operating an electronic system in relation to lending, credit broking, debt adjusting and debt counselling (although 2an activity is not the controlled activity of credit broking to the extent that it constitutes the controlled activity of arranging qualifying credit). Guidance on these regulated activities is given in PERG 2.7.7E G (credit broking), PERG
This section applies:(1) to a financial promotion in relation to consumer credit lending, credit broking, debt counselling, debt adjusting, operating an electronic system in relation to lending1in relation to prospective borrowers or borrowers1under P2P agreements;1(2) in relation to the communication of a financial promotion that is not in writing.
2Firms should note3 that:(1) section 49 of the CCA makes it a criminal offence to canvass borrower-lender agreements, for example cash loans, off trade premises (within the meaning of section 48 of the CCA); and(2) section 154 of the CCA makes it a criminal offence to canvass off trade premises credit broking of a kind specified by article 36A(1)(a) to (c) of the Regulated Activities Order, debt adjusting, debt counselling or providing credit information services (within the meaning
15There are six activities that fall within credit broking. These are:(1) effecting an introduction of an individual who wishes to enter into a credit agreement to another person, with a view to that person entering as lender into a credit agreement by way of business;(2) effecting an introduction of an individual who wishes to enter into a consumer hire agreement to another person, with a view to that person entering as owner into a consumer hire agreement by way of business
(1) 2CONC 6.5 and CONC 6.7 apply to firms with respect to consumer credit lending.(2) CONC 6.3 applies to current account agreements that would be regulated credit agreements if the customer overdraws on the account.(3) CONC 6.4 and CONC 6.6 apply to firms which carry on consumer credit lending in relation to regulated credit agreements and firms which carry on consumer hiring in relation to regulated consumer hire agreements.(4) CONC 6.7.17 R to CONC 6.7.26 R also apply to firms
This section, unless otherwise stated in or in relation to a rule: (1) applies to a firm with respect to consumer credit lending;(2) applies to a firm with respect to credit broking where the firm has or takes on responsibility for providing the disclosures and explanations to customers required by this section;(3) does not apply to an agreement under which the lender provides the customer with credit which exceeds £60,260, unless the agreement is a residential renovation agreement5;(4)
(1) The disclosure regulations made under section 55 of the CCA which require information to be disclosed before a regulated credit agreement is made remain in force.(2) Failure to comply with the disclosure regulations has the effect that agreements are enforceable against a borrower or hirer (as defined in the CCA) only with an order of court and enforcement for that purpose includes a retaking of goods or land to which the agreement relates.(3) Other relevant disclosure requirements
The scope of credit broking for the introducing activities (article 36A(a) to (c) of the Regulated Activities Order) covers regulated credit agreements and regulated consumer hire agreements. But additionally in relation to credit agreements it covers introductions concerning exempt agreements under articles 60C to 60H of that Order (other than agreements under article 60F of that Order (exempt agreements: exemptions relating to the number of repayments to be made)). Additionally
(1) The exclusion for exempt consumer buy-to-let mortgage contracts has the effect that a person whose business covers exempt consumer buy-to-let lending does not have to consider its position in respect of Part 3 of the MCD Order or consider the exclusion in PERG 4.10B.2G.(2) However, exempt consumer buy-to-let lending is not excluded from the regime in Part 3 of the MCD Order altogether. This is because the Part 4A permission of a firm that has permission to carry out any of
There are also exemptions from credit broking, debt adjusting, debt-counselling and providing credit information services for an enterprise scheme as long as it does not carry on the activity for, or with the prospect of, direct or indirect pecuniary gain. Sums reasonably regarded as necessary to meet the costs of carrying on the activity do not constitute a pecuniary gain for this purpose.
12This group of exclusions applies, in specified circumstances, to the regulated activities of:(1) accepting deposits; (2) dealing in investments as agent;(3) arranging (bringing about) deals in investments;(4) making arrangements with a view to transactions in investments;(5) arranging (bringing about) regulated mortgage contracts;(6) making arrangements with a view to regulated mortgage contracts;(7) arranging (bringing about) a home reversion plan;(8) making arrangements with
16This group of exclusions applies, in specified circumstances, to the regulated activities of:(1) arranging (bringing about) regulated mortgage contracts;(2) making arrangements with a view to regulated mortgage contracts;(3) credit broking;(4) advising on regulated mortgage contracts;(5) advising on regulated credit agreements for the acquisition of land;(6) exercising, or having the right to exercise, the lender's rights and duties under a regulated credit agreement;(7) entering
2A number of Regulated Activities Order exclusions from the consumer credit regulated activities are relevant to lenders under loans secured on land. These include:(1) article 60C(2) (regulated mortgage contract is an exempt credit agreement, as summarised in PERG 2.7.19CG (1));(2) article 60C(3) (commercial lending, as summarised in PERG 2.7.19CG (2));(3) article 60D (loans secured on non-residential property, as summarised in PERG 2.7.19E G);(4) article 60F (loans with a limited