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For the agreements referred to in CONC 4.2.1R (3), (4) and (5), a firm within CONC 4.2.1R (1) or CONC 4.2.1R (2) should consider whether it is necessary or appropriate to provide explanations of the matters in CONC 4.2.5R (2); in particular, a firm should consider highlighting the principal consequences to the customer including the consequences of missing payments or under-paying, including, where applicable, the risk of repossession of the customer's property.[Note: section
(1) Before making a regulated credit agreement the firm must:(a) provide the customer with an adequate explanation of the matters referred to in (2) in order to place the customer in a position to assess whether the agreement is adapted to the customer's needs and financial situation;(b) advise the customer:(i) to consider the information which is required to be disclosed under section 55 of the CCA; and(ii) where the information is disclosed in person, that the customer is able
Where the regulated credit agreement is high-cost short-term credit, the lender or a credit broker must explain under CONC 4.2.5R (1)(a) that entering into that agreement would be unsuitable to support sustained borrowing over long periods and would be expensive as a means of longer term borrowing. [Note: paragraph 3.13 (box) of ILG]
Even where a customer states or implies that there is no need for an explanation of the regulated credit agreement, the lender or credit broker must continue to comply with CONC 4.2.5 R.[Note: paragraph 3.10 of ILG]
CONC 4.2.11RRP
Before a lender concludes that CONC 4.2.5R (1) to CONC 4.2.5R(4A)7 do not apply to it in relation to a regulated credit agreement by virtue of CONC 4.2.5R (5), the lender must take reasonable steps to satisfy itself that an explanation of that agreement complying with CONC 4.2.5 R has been provided to the customer by the credit broker. [Note: paragraph 3.11 (box) of ILG]
CONC 4.2.12RRP
The lender or the credit broker must enable a customer to request and obtain further information and explanation about a regulated credit agreement without incurring undue cost or delay. [Note: paragraph 3.16 (box) of ILG]
CONC 4.2.15RRP
The following information must be provided by the lender or a credit broker as part of, and in addition to that provided under, the adequate explanation required by CONC 4.2.5 R, where applicable, in the specified cases: (1) for credit token agreements:(a) different rates of interest and different charges apply to different elements of the credit provided (for example, a higher cost of withdrawing cash);(b) the implications of only making minimum repayments; (c) interest rates
CONC 4.2.19GRP
For a regulated credit agreement marketed and concluded by electronic means to comply with CONC 4.2.5 R the customer should pass through screens containing the required information and explanations, giving the customer the opportunity to see and read the explanations provided. Merely providing a link to where such information can be found is unlikely to satisfy the requirements in CONC 4.2.5 R, where the agreement can be concluded without accessing the link.[Note: paragraph 3.15
CONC 4.2.21GRP
Where a regulated credit agreement is a modifying agreement under section 82(2) of the CCA, the requirements in CONC 4.2 apply before the agreement is made.[Note: paragraph 3.12 of ILG]
(1) A firm must set the minimum required repayment under a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or a store card at an amount equal to at least that amount which repays the interest, fees and charges that have been applied to the customer's account, plus one percentage of the amount outstanding. [Note: paragraph 6.4 of ILG](2) Where (1) applies and a firm applies interest to a period of more than one month, for the purpose of calculating the amount of the interest part
A firm under a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or a store card must provide a customer with the option to pay any amount they choose (equal to or more than the minimum required repayment but less than the full outstanding balance) on a regular basis, when making automated repayments. [Note: paragraph 6.5 of ILG]
A firm under a retail revolving credit agreement, or5 a regulated credit agreement for a credit card,5 must: (1) permit a customer at any time to reduce or decline offers to increase the credit limit; and(2) permit a customer to decline to receive offers of credit limit increases.[Note: paragraphs 6.8 and 6.9 of ILG]
(1) This rule applies to a regulated credit agreement for a credit card and to a retail revolving credit agreement.5(2) A firm must notify the customer of a proposed increase in the credit limit under the agreement:5(a) in the case of a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or a store card, at least 30 days before the increase comes into effect; and5(b) in the case of a retail revolving credit agreement (other than an agreement for a store card), at least 28 days before
CONC 6.7.10RRP
Where a customer is at risk of financial difficulties, a firm under a retail revolving credit agreement or a5regulated credit agreement for a credit card 5must, other than where a promotional rate of interest ends, not increase the rate of interest under the agreement. [Note: paragraph 6.10 of ILG]
CONC 6.7.13RRP
Where a firm proposes to exercise a power under a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or store card to increase the interest rate, the firm must: (1) permit the customer sixty days, from the date of the firm's notice of the proposed increase during which period the customer may give notice to the firm requiring it to close the account;(2) permit the customer to pay off the outstanding balance at the rate of interest before the proposed increase and over a reasonable
CONC 6.7.14RRP
Where a firm has a right to increase the interest rate under a regulated credit agreement, the firm must not increase the interest rate unless there is a valid reason for doing so.[Note: paragraph 6.20 of ILG]
CONC 6.7.15GRP
Examples of valid reasons for increasing the rate of interest in CONC 6.7.14 R include:(1) recovering the genuine increased costs of funding the provision of credit under the agreement; and (2) a change in the risk presented by the customer which justifies the change in the interest rate, which would not generally include missing a single repayment or failing to repay in full on one or two occasions [Note: paragraph 6.20 (box) of ILG]
CONC 6.7.19RRP
A firm must not refinance a customer's existing credit with the firm (other than by exercising forbearance), unless: (1) the firm does so at the customer's request or with the customer's consent; and (2) the firm reasonably believes that it is not against the customer's best interests to do so. [Note: paragraph 6.24 of ILG]
Where a customer under a regulated credit agreement fails to make an occasional payment when it becomes due, a firm should, in accordance with Principle 6, allow for such unmade payments to be made within the original term of the agreement unless:(1) the firm reasonably believes that it is appropriate to allow a longer period for repayment and has no reason to believe that doing so will increase the total amount payable to be unsustainable or otherwise cause a customer to be in
CONC 7.3.19GRP
Firms seeking to recover debts under regulated credit agreements secured on land in England and Wales should have regard to the requirements of the relevant pre-action protocol (PAP) issued by the Civil Justice Council. The aims of the PAP are to ensure that a firm and a customer act fairly and reasonably with each other in resolving any matter concerning arrears, and to encourage more pre-action contact in an effort to seek agreement between the parties on alternatives to repossession.
A firm must not unfairly encourage, incentivise or induce a customer to enter into a regulated credit agreement quickly without allowing the customer time to consider the pre-contract information under section 55 of the CCA and the explanations provided under CONC 4.2.5 R.[Note: paragraph 5.10 of ILG]
A firm must not unfairly encourage, incentivise or induce a customer to enter into a regulated credit agreement for an amount higher than the customer requests.[Note: paragraph 5.11 of ILG]
A firm must not lead a customer to believe that the customer's current debt repayments can be reduced under a regulated credit agreement over the same term when this is not the case.[Note: paragraph 5.13 of ILG]
CONC 15.1.9GRP
Before a regulated credit agreement secured on land is entered into: (1) the firm should consider the adequate explanations it should give to the customer under CONC 4.2; and[Note: paragraph 3.1 (box) of ILG](2) the firm is required under CONC 5.2A to carry out a creditworthiness assessment5.[Note: paragraphs 1.14 and 4.1 of ILG]
A firm must:(1) where it has responsibility for doing so, explain the key features of a regulated credit agreement to enable the customer to make an informed choice as required by CONC 4.2.5 R;[Note: paragraphs 4.27 to 4.30 of CBG and 2.2 of ILG](2) take reasonable steps to satisfy itself that a product it wishes to recommend to a customer is not unsuitable for the customer's needs and circumstances;[Note: paragraph 4.22 of CBG](3) advise a customer to read, and allow the customer
For the purposes of CONC 3.8.2R (3) the unsuitability of an agreement does not apply to the question of whether a customer should enter into a regulated credit agreement at all. [Note: paragraph 5.5 (box) of ILG]
Where a firm has a contractual right to levy default charges, a regulated credit agreement must state the charges and the conditions for making the charge under, as the case may be, the Consumer Credit (Agreements) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1014) or the Consumer Credit (Agreements) Regulations 1983 (SI 1983/1553).[Note: paragraphs 3.11c of DCG and 7.15 of ILG]
(1) A firm must not in a financial promotion or a communication to a customer state or imply3 that credit is available regardless of the customer’s financial circumstances or status.[Note: paragraphs 3.7o of CBG and 5.2 of ILG](2) This rule does not apply to a financial promotion or communication relating to a credit agreement under which a person takes an article in pawn and the customer’s total financial liability (including capital, interest and all other charges) is limited
CONC 7.15.10RRP
A lender must not initiate legal proceedings in relation to a regulated credit agreement where the lender is aware that the customer has submitted a valid complaint or what appears to the firm may be a valid complaint relating to the agreement in question that is being considered by the Financial Ombudsman Service.[Note: paragraph 7.9 (box) of ILG]
A firm must explain the key features of a regulated credit agreement to enable the customer to make an informed choice as required by CONC 4.2.5 R (adequate explanations).[Note: paragraph 2.2 of ILG]