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MCOB 5A.4.1RRP
(1) A firm must provide the consumer with an ESIS for an MCD regulated mortgage contract before the consumer submits an application for that MCD regulated mortgage contract to an MCD mortgage lender, unless an ESIS for that MCD regulated mortgage contract has already been provided.(2) Except in the circumstances in MCOB 5A.4.2 R, a firm must provide the consumer with an ESIS for an MCD regulated mortgage contract when any of the following occurs, unless an ESIS for that MCD regulated
MCOB 5A.4.4GRP
In the circumstances in MCOB 5A.4.2R (2), the rule in MCOB 5A.4.1R (1) will mean that the consumer may not make an application for an MCD regulated mortgage contract, as an ESIS has not been provided.
MCOB 5A.4.5GRP
The effect of MCOB 5A.2.1 R and MCOB 5A.4.1R (1) is that, if a consumer's application to enter into an MCD regulated mortgage contract with a MCD mortgage lender, made through an MCD credit intermediary, is subsequently passed by that firm to another MCD mortgage lender, then the firm must ensure that the application is amended and the consumer is provided with an ESIS for the other MCD mortgage lender'sMCD regulated mortgage contract before the application is passed to the other
MCOB 5A.4.6GRP
If a firm chooses to issue an offer document in addition to an ESIS, it will need to comply with MCOB 6A.3.1R (MCD Mortgages: content of the offer document).
MCOB 5A.4.7RRP
A firm must not undertake any action that commits the consumer to an application (including accepting product-related fees for the MCD regulated mortgage contract concerned) until the consumer has had the opportunity to consider an ESIS.
MCOB 5A.4.8GRP
The effect of MCOB 5A.4.1R (1) and MCOB 5A.4.7 R is that a consumer will be deemed to be committed to an application if, for example, they pay a product-related fee (including a valuation fee) or provides electronic or verbal authority to process an application. It is not necessary for a consumer to provide an MCD mortgage lender with a completed application form to submit an application for an MCD regulated mortgage contract.
MCOB 5A.4.9RRP
The firm dealing directly with the consumer is responsible for ensuring compliance with the content and timing requirements, ie, an MCD mortgage lender is not responsible for ensuring that a consumer has received an ESIS before accepting an application from an MCD mortgage credit intermediary.
MCOB 5A.4.10RRP
Where a firm has already provided an ESIS under MCOB 5A.4.1 R and the terms for the proposed regulated mortgage contract are subsequently materially altered or different, the firm must ensure that the consumer is provided with a revised ESIS, before acting on the amendment, when the change occurs at the point that a consumer submits an application for the MCD regulated mortgage contract.
MCOB 5A.4.11GRP
What constitutes “materially altered” or “different” requires consideration of the facts of each individual case. For example, a change of product such that the underlying terms and conditions of the MCD regulated mortgage contract have changed should normally be regarded as material or different, as would an additional charge, such as a higher lending charge, applying to the MCD regulated mortgage contract when it did not previously.
MCOB 5A.4.12RRP
(1) If, at the point an ESIS must be provided under MCOB 5A.4.1 R, a firm is uncertain whether the contract will be an MCD regulated mortgage contract, the firm must:(a) provide an ESIS; or (b) seek to obtain from the consumer, information that will enable the firm to ascertain whether the contract will be an MCD regulated mortgage contract.(2) Where (1)(b) applies, an ESIS must be provided, unless, on the basis of the information provided by the consumer, the firm has reasonable
MCOB 5A.4.13GRP
Where the consumer requests an ESIS for a particular MCD regulated mortgage contract (see MCOB 5A.4.1R (2)(b)), the purpose of MCOB 5A.4.14 R, MCOB 5A.4.15 R and MCOB 5A.4.16 G is to ensure that the consumer receives an ESIS without unnecessary delay. These requirements do not restrict the information that the firm may obtain from the consumer after it has provided the consumer with an ESIS.
MCOB 5A.4.14RRP
In meeting a request for an ESIS under MCOB 5A.4.1R (2)(b), the firm must not delay the provision of the ESIS by requesting information other than:(1) such information as is necessary to complete the ESIS in accordance with MCOB 5A.5.2 R and MCOB 5A.5.3 R, if the firm does not already know it;(2) where the firm acts in accordance with MCOB 5A.4.12R (2), such information as is necessary to ascertain whether or not the contract will be an MCD regulated mortgage contract;(3) where
MCOB 5A.4.17RRP
If, on the basis of the information obtained from the consumer or, on the basis of information that the firm already holds on the consumer, the firm would do business with the consumer but not on the terms requested, the firm may provide the consumer with an ESIS for a different MCD regulated mortgage contract, if it chooses to do so.
MCOB 10A.1.1RRP
The APRC must be calculated for an MCD regulated mortgage contract in accordance with the mathematical formula in MCOB 10A.2.2 R.[Note: article 17(1) of the MCD]
MCOB 10A.1.2RRP
Whenever the opening or maintaining of an account is obligatory to obtain the credit, or to obtain it on the terms and conditions marketed, the total cost of credit to the consumer must include the following costs:(1) opening and maintaining a specific account;(2) using a means of payment for both transactions and drawdowns on that account; (3) other costs relating to payment transactions;[Note: article 17(2) of the MCD]
MCOB 10A.1.3RRP
The calculation of the APRC must be based on the assumption that the MCD regulated mortgage contract is to remain valid for the period agreed and that the MCD mortgage lender and the consumer will fulfil their obligations under the terms and by the dates specified in the MCD regulated mortgage contract.[Note: article 17(3) of the MCD]
MCOB 10A.1.4RRP
If an MCD regulated mortgage contract allows variations in the:(1) borrowing rate; or(2) charges contained in the APRC;and they are unquantifiable at the time the APRC is calculated, the APRC must be calculated on the assumption that the borrowing rate and other charges will remain fixed in relation to the level set when the contract is entered into.[Note: article 17(4) of the MCD]
MCOB 10A.1.5RRP
If an MCD regulated mortgage contract contains a fixed borrowing rate in relation to the initial period of at least five years, at the end of which a negotiation on the borrowing rate must take place to agree on a new fixed rate for a further material period, the calculation of the additional, illustrative APRC disclosed in the ESIS must:(1) cover only the initial fixed-rate period; and(2) be based on the assumption that, at the end of the fixed borrowing rate period, the capital
MCOB 10A.1.6RRP
If an MCD regulated mortgage contract:(1) allows for variations in the borrowing rate; and(2) it does not fall within MCOB 10A.1.5 R,the ESIS must contain an additional APRC which illustrates the possible risks linked to a significant increase in the borrowing rate. Where the borrowing rate is not capped, this information must be accompanied by a warning highlighting that the total cost of the credit to the consumer, shown by the APRC, may change.[Note: article 17(6) of the M
MCOB 10A.1.7RRP
The assumptions in MCOB 10A.2 and, where applicable, in MCOB 10A.3 must be used and applied in calculating the APRC.[Note: article 17(7) of the MCD]
PERG 4.10A.1GRP
Article 4(4B) of the Regulated Activities Order says that certain exclusions in the Regulated Activities Order do not apply in cases covered by the MCD. This section explains the situations in which this applies.
PERG 4.10A.2GRP
Article 4(4B) of the Regulated Activities Order says that where:(1) a person is: (a) a mortgage creditor (see PERG 4.10A.6 G); or(b) a credit intermediary (see PERG 4.10A.12 G); or (c) a person providing advisory services (see PERG 4.10A.20 G);under the MCD; and(2) that person is (ignoring the exclusions in (3)) carrying on one of the following regulated activities:(a) article 25A (arranging (bringing about) regulated mortgage contracts and making arrangements with a view to regulated
PERG 4.10A.4GRP
Article 4(4B) of the Regulated Activities Order only applies if the regulated mortgage contract is covered by the MCD. A regulated mortgage contract is covered if: (1) the lender is acting in the course of his trade, business or profession; and(2) the borrower is an individual; and(3) the borrower is acting for purposes which are outside their trade, business or profession; and(4) the regulated mortgage contract does not come within one of the exclusions summarised in PERG 4.10A.5
PERG 4.10A.5GRP
(1) This paragraph lists the regulated mortgage contracts outside the MCD.(2) MCD exempt lifetime mortgages are excluded from the Mortgage Credit Directive. These are regulated mortgage contracts or article 3(1)(b) credit agreements where the creditor:(a) contributes a lump sum, periodic payments or other forms of credit disbursement; (b) contributes the sums in (a) in return for a sum deriving from the future sale of a residential property or a right relating to residential property;
PERG 4.10A.8GRP
Therefore, article 4(4B) means that the Regulated Activities Order exclusions in PERG 4.10A.2G (3) do not apply to entering into a regulated mortgage contract as lender unless: (1) the regulated mortgage contract falls outside the MCD (see PERG 4.10A.5 G); or(2) the lender is not acting in the course of his trade, business or profession.
PERG 4.10A.9GRP
Article 4(4B) of the Regulated Activities Order (see PERG 4.10A.2 G) does not affect the regulated activity of making arrangements with a view to regulated mortgage contracts. This is because, in the FCA's view, the activities covered by this regulated activity are not covered by the MCD.
PERG 4.10A.15GRP
In the FCA's view, credit intermediation under the MCD covers the same activities as the regulated activity of arranging (bringing about) regulated mortgage contracts, except that: (1) credit intermediation only applies if the intermediary acts for remuneration; and(2) the MCD does not cover the regulated mortgage contracts listed in PERG 4.10A.5 G; and(3) the MCD only applies to services provided to consumers;(4) if the intermediary only acts for the creditor, the MCD intermediation
PERG 4.10A.19GRP
(1) The MCD applies to credit intermediation activities performed for the creditor, as well as for the borrower. (2) However, the activities carried out for the creditor are defined differently from the ones carried out for the borrower. They seem to be narrower. The activities are limited to concluding regulated mortgage contracts with consumers on behalf of the creditor.(3) Just assisting the creditor by undertaking preparatory work or other pre-contractual administration is
PERG 4.10A.21GRP
Advisory services mean the provision of personal recommendations to a consumer in respect of one or more transactions relating to regulated mortgage contracts covered by the MCD.
PERG 4.10A.22GRP
Where advising on regulated mortgage contracts falls within the MCD, the Regulated Activities Order exclusions in PERG 4.10A.2G (3) do not apply to this activity. Advisers should note that: (1) if the adviser does not act for remuneration, the MCD does not apply; (2) the MCD does not cover the regulated mortgage contracts listed in PERG 4.10A.5 G; (3) the MCD only applies to advisory services provided to consumers;(4) the MCD only applies to personal recommendations.
MCOB 6A.3.1RRP
(1) If a firm offers to enter into an MCD regulated mortgage contract with a consumer, it must provide the consumer with a binding offer set out in an offer document. (2) The firm may also provide an ESIS. (3) The firm's offer in the offer document must be on the basis of the information in the ESIS relevant to that offer.(4) When an MCD mortgage lender provides the consumer with a binding offer, that offer must be accompanied by an ESIS where the characteristics of the offer
MCOB 6A.3.2RRP
(1) If a firm offers to vary an MCD regulated mortgage contract with a consumer, it must provide the consumer with an offer document.(2) The firm may also provide an ESIS. (3) The firm's offer in the offer document must be on the basis of the information in the ESIS relevant to that offer. (4) When an MCD mortgage lender offers to vary an MCD regulated mortgage contract with a consumer, the offer document must be accompanied by an ESIS where:(a) the characteristics of the offer
MCOB 6A.3.3GRP
(1) MCOB 6A.3.1 R does not prevent a binding offer from being subject to lawful conditions, including conditions which make the binding offer subject to one or more of the matters listed below:(a) there being no material change to the facts and circumstances relating to the binding offer which occurs after the date on which the binding offer is made;(b) the fact that the consumer has not knowingly provided incomplete or inaccurate information for the purpose of the assessment
MCOB 6A.3.4RRP
(1) Where an MCD mortgage lender provides the consumer with a binding offer, it must give the consumer a reflection period of at least seven days.(2) The MCD mortgage lender must ensure that, during the reflection period:(a) the offer remains binding on the MCD mortgage lender;(b) the consumer may accept the offer at any time.[Note: article 14(6) of the MCD]
MCOB 6A.3.6RRP
A firm must provide the consumer with a copy of the draft agreement for the MCD regulated mortgage contract at the beginning of the reflection period.[Note: article 14(11) of the MCD]
MCOB 6A.3.9RRP
A firm must ensure that the offer document contains a prominent statement explaining:(1) the period for which the offer is valid;(2) where the MCD regulated mortgage contract contains features, such as additional unsecured borrowing facilities, which could result in the consumer borrowing more money that, where such features are used, the amount of the consumer's debt will increase;(3) when any interest rate change on the MCD regulated mortgage contract takes effect. This statement
MCOB 6A.3.14RRP
A firm must ensure that the offer document includes information on how to complain to the firm about the services provided by the firm in relation to the MCD regulated mortgage contract and whether or not complaints may subsequently be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
MCOB 6A.3.16GRP
In addition to the information required by MCOB 6A.3.9 R, a firm may include information about how to complain to any other firm about the services that firm provided to the consumer in relation to the MCD regulated mortgage contract. For example, where the consumer received advice from another firm, an MCD mortgage lender may include contact details for the firm that provided the advice.
MCOB 6A.3.17RRP
If the firm knows, at the point that the offer is made to the consumer, that its interest in the MCD regulated mortgage contract will be assigned (by sale or transfer) and the firm will no longer be responsible for setting interest rates and charges, the offer document must:(1) state this; and(2) state, where known, who will be responsible for setting interest rates and charges after the sale or transfer.
MCOB 6A.3.19GRP
MCOB 6A.3.17 R and MCOB 6A.3.18 R could apply where the ownership of an MCD regulated mortgage contract is transferred to a third party through securitisation.
MCOB 5A.3.1RRP
A firm that is an MCD mortgage credit intermediary must take reasonable steps to ensure that an ESIS which it issues, or which is issued on its behalf, other than that provided by an MCD mortgage lender is accurate.
MCOB 5A.3.2RRP
It is the responsibility of the firm to ensure compliance with MCOB 5A.3.1 R. However, where a firm can show that it was reasonable for it to rely on information provided by another person, other than the MCD mortgage lender, that an ESIS was accurate, it may be able to rely on MCOB 2.5.2 R, if this turns out not to be the case.
MCOB 5A.3.3RRP
A firm must not issue an ESIS to a consumer for an MCD regulated mortgage contract for which the consumer is clearly ineligible on the basis of the information that the firm has obtained from the consumer or the MCD mortgage lender's lending criteria.
MCOB 5A.3.4GRP
The purpose of MCOB 5A.3.3 R is not to require a firm to ascertain whether a consumer is eligible for a particular MCD regulated mortgage contract before providing an ESIS. Instead, the purpose is to ensure that the firm takes into account the information it has obtained from the consumer before providing an ESIS to the consumer.
MCOB 5A.3.7RRP
Any ESIS provided to a consumer by a firm must be in a durable medium.[Note: article 14(2) of the MCD]
MCOB 5A.3.8GRP
When providing information on an MCD regulated mortgage contract, a firm should bear in mind that the information must be given in accordance with MCOB 2.5A.1 R (The customer's best interests).
MCOB 5A.3.10RRP
(1) Whenever a firm provides a consumer with information specific to the amount that the consumer wants to borrow on a particular MCD regulated mortgage contract, following an assessment of the consumer's needs and circumstances to comply with MCOB 4.7A.2 R, it must give, clearly and prominently, the following information:(a) the same information on the firm's product range as is required by MCOB 4.4A.1 R, MCOB 4.4A.2 R and MCOB 4.4A.4R (1) (which require firms to provide information
MCOB 5A.3.12RRP
(1) Whenever, as part of an execution-only sale (or potential execution-only sale), a consumer provides a firm with the information in MCOB 4.8A.14R (1), MCOB 4.8A.14R (2) or (3), the firm must inform the consumer, clearly and prominently, that the consumer has the right to request an ESIS for any MCD regulated mortgage contract which the firm is able to offer the consumer.(2) A firm need not give the information in (1) if it has previously given that information in compliance
MCOB 5A.3.13RRP
A firm must make an adequate record of each ESIS that it issues to a consumer under MCOB 5A.4.1 R where the consumer applies for that particular MCD regulated mortgage contract.
MCOB 5A.3.15RRP
MCOB 5A.3.14 R does not require a firm to keep records of ESISs that are issued to a consumer when the consumer does not apply to enter into that particular MCD regulated mortgage contract.
MCOB 14.1.1GRP
The purpose of MCOB 14 is to apply rules and guidance in MCOB (including, but not restricted to, rules that implement the MCD) to: (1) MCD article 3(1)(b) creditors; and(2) MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediaries; and to identify rules and guidance in CONC that also apply, or may (subject to the election in MCOB 14.1.5R) apply, to them.
MCOB 14.1.2RRP
A firm must treat a proposed credit agreement as an MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreement if the firm knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that the purpose of the credit agreement is to acquire or retain property rights in land or in an existing or projected building.
MCOB 14.1.3RRP
Subject to MCOB 14.1.5R and MCOB 14.1.7R: (1) MCD article 3(1)(b) creditors and MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediaries must comply with the following provisions in MCOB. These provisions apply with such changes as are necessary to apply them to MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreements and activity undertaken in relation to those agreements (see MCOB 14.1.4G):(a) MCOB 1.2.19G (identifying MCD credit agreements);(b) MCOB 2.3 (inducements);(c) MCOB 2.5A (the customer’s best interests);(d)
MCOB 14.1.4GRP
The changes that MCOB 14.1.3R requires to be made to rules applied by that rule include the following:(1) any reference to ‘land’ includes a reference to property rights in an existing or projected building;(2) any reference to regulated mortgage contract or MCD regulated mortgage contract includes a reference to an MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreement; and(3) any reference to qualifying credit includes a reference to an MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreement.
MCOB 14.1.5RRP
An MCD article 3(1)(b) creditor or MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediary must elect to comply with either:(1) MCOB 3A.1 to MCOB 3A.5 (financial promotions and communications with customers); or (2) MCOB 3A.2, MCOB 3A.5 and CONC 3 (financial promotions and communications with customers) (except for CONC 3.4, CONC 3.5.3R to CONC 3.5.10R, CONC 3.6.6R, and CONC 3.9);and having made an election, the firm must comply with the provisions with which it has elected to comply.
MCOB 14.1.6GRP
(1) A firm should generally make one election under MCOB 14.1.5R for all of its MCD article (3)(1)(b) credit intermediation activity or all of its lending under MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreements, at any given time.(2) Where a firm wishes to make different elections for different types of MCD article (3)(1)(b) credit intermediation activity or lending under MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreements, it should maintain processes to ensure that the rules applicable to each type of
MCOB 14.1.7RRP
The following provisions do not apply to an MCD article 3(1)(b) creditor or MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediary where the conditions in CONC 1.2.10R(1) and (2) are fulfilled: MCOB 7.5 (mortgages: statements) and MCOB 13 (arrears, payment shortfalls and repossessions) (except for MCOB 13.3.1AR to MCOB 13.3.1BG, MCOB 13.3.2AR to MCOB 13.3.8G, and MCOB 13.6.1R to MCOB 13.6.2G, which apply even where those conditions are fulfilled).[Note: article 60H(2) of the Regulated Activities
MCOB 14.1.8GRP
CONC 1.2.10R(1)(a) relates to high net worth borrowers; the purpose of MCOB 14.1.7R is to enable a high net worth borrower under an MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreement to waive the protections and remedies applicable to regulated credit agreements, except for those that implement the MCD.
MCOB 14.1.9GRP
MCD article 3(1)(b) creditors and MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediaries are also subject to certain provisions in CONC: see CONC 1.2.8R.
MCOB 2A.3.1RRP
Where an MCD regulated mortgage contract relates to a foreign currency loan, at the time the MCD regulated mortgage contract is entered into the MCD mortgage lender must ensure:(1) the consumer has a right to convert the MCD regulated mortgage contract into an alternative currency under specified conditions; or(2) there are other arrangements in place to limit the exchange rate risk to which the consumer is exposed under the MCD regulated mortgage contract.[Note: article 23(1)
MCOB 2A.3.3GRP
Where:(1) an MCD regulated mortgage contract is denominated in the currency of the EEA State in which the consumer is resident ("currency A"); and(2) the consumer receives income or holds assets in currency A but also receives income or holds assets in another currency ("currency B");the MCD regulated mortgage contract will not be a foreign currency loan unless the credit is to be repaid wholly or in part from the income received or assets held in currency B.
MCOB 2A.3.4RRP
The alternative currency referred to in MCOB 2A.3.1R (1) must be either:(1) the currency in which the consumer primarily receives income or holds assets from which the credit is to be repaid, as indicated at the time that the most recent affordability assessment in relation to the regulated mortgage contract was made; or(2) the currency of the EEA State in which the consumer either was resident at the time that the MCD regulated mortgage contract was entered into or is currently
MCOB 2A.3.5RRP
Where a consumer has a right to convert the MCD regulated mortgage contract into an alternative currency in accordance with MCOB 2A.3.1R (1), the exchange rate at which the conversion is carried out must be the market exchange rate applicable on the day of application for conversion, unless otherwise specified in the MCD regulated mortgage contract. [Note: article 23(3) of the MCD]
MCOB 2A.3.6RRP
A firm must disclose to the consumer its arrangements for complying with the obligations in MCOB 2A.3.1 R in the MCD regulated mortgage contract.[Note: article 23(6) of the MCD]
MCOB 4A.1.1RRP
An MCD mortgage arranger (unless it is also acting as3 an MCD mortgage lender and3 carrying out a3 direct sale of the proposed regulated mortgage contract3) must, in good time before carrying out any MCD mortgage credit intermediation activity, provide the consumer with at least the following information in a durable medium: (1) the identity and the geographical address of the MCD mortgage arranger2;(2) the Financial Services Register or other registers in which the MCD mortgage
MCOB 4A.1.2GRP
In MCOB 4A.1.1R (4):(1) other interested parties includes all parties to the relevant MCD regulated mortgage contract and parties that have an interest in the MCD regulated mortgage contract, such as a guarantor of the obligations under the MCD regulated mortgage contract;(2) where the MCD mortgage arranger provides the information in the general terms and conditions of the sales or service contracts, before carrying out any MCD mortgage credit intermediation activity, it need
MCOB 4A.1.4GRP
In general, where other requirements for disclosure in a durable medium also apply, the MCD mortgage arranger may, if it would also satisfy those requirements, combine those other disclosures with the information required by MCOB 4A.1.1 R, so long as the combined disclosure is provided to the consumer in good time before the MCD mortgage arranger carries out any MCD mortgage credit intermediation activity.
MCOB 4A.1.5RRP
An MCD mortgage credit intermediary who is not a tied MCD mortgage credit intermediary (unless it is also acting as3 an MCD mortgage lender and3 carrying out a3 direct sale of the proposed regulated mortgage contract3), but who receives commission from one or more MCD mortgage lenders must, at the consumer's request, provide information on the variation in levels of commission payable by the MCD mortgage lenders providing the MCD regulated mortgage contract being offered to the
MCOB 4A.1.6RRP
An MCD mortgage credit intermediary (unless it is also acting as an MCD mortgage lender3 and carrying out a3 direct sale of the proposed regulated mortgage contract3) must inform the MCD mortgage lender of any fee payable by the consumer to the MCD mortgage credit intermediary for its services, for the purpose of calculating the APRC.[Note: article 15(4) of the MCD]
MCOB 4A.1.7RRP
An MCD mortgage credit intermediary (unless it is also acting as3 an MCD mortgage lender and carrying out a3 direct sale of the proposed regulated mortgage contract3) must require their appointed representatives to disclose to the consumer the capacity in which the appointed representative is acting and the MCD mortgage credit intermediary that the appointed representative is representing when contacting or before dealing with any consumer. [Note: article 15(5) of the MCD]
MCOB 1.2.3CGRP
8In relation to an MCD regulated mortgage contract with a high net worth mortgage customer, to comply in full with MCOB, a firm does not need to comply with those provisions in MCOB that are expressed not to apply to MCD regulated mortgage contracts.
MCOB 1.2.9GRP
The disclosure rules in MCOB place particular emphasis on the description of borrowing. Where the regulated mortgage contract is for a business purpose or with a high net worth mortgage customer7 who is not a consumer under an MCD regulated mortgage contract8, a firm should reflect this emphasis in any disclosure by first describing any borrowing before addressing the other facilities provided under the regulated mortgage contract.
MCOB 1.2.14GRP
(1) 8The provisions in the table in (2) apply only in relation to an MCD regulated mortgage contract.(2) This table belongs to (1).ChapterProvisionsMCOB 2AWhole chapterMCOB 3AMCOB 3A.2.4R(2) and MCOB 3A.5MCOB 3BWhole chapterMCOB 4MCOB 4.4A.4R (1)(a) and (3), MCOB 4.4A.8R (1)(d) and MCOB 4.4A.8R (2)(e)MCOB 4AWhole chapterMCOB 5AWhole chapterMCOB 6AWhole chapterMCOB 7AWhole chapterMCOB 7BWhole chapterMCOB 10AWhole chapterMCOB 11MCOB 11.6.21A R and MCOB 11.6.21B GMCOB 11AWhole c
MCOB 1.2.15GRP
(1) 8In the table in (2), the provisions in column (1) apply in relation to an MCD regulated mortgage contract instead of the provisions in column (2).(2) This table belongs to (1).(1) MCD requirement(2) Non-MCD requirementMCOB 5AMCOB 5MCOB 6AMCOB 6MCOB 7BMCOB 7.6.7R to 7.6.17MCOB 10AMCOB 10
MCOB 1.2.16RRP
(1) 8 For any regulated mortgage contract which is not an MCD regulated mortgage contract, a firm may elect to comply with any part of MCOB as if the contract was an MCD regulated mortgage contract. (2) Where the contract in (1) is an MCD exempt lifetime mortgage that is not a retirement interest-only mortgage12, the firm must continue to provide an illustration in accordance with the relevant requirements in MCOB, rather than an ESIS.
MCOB 1.2.17GRP
8The purpose of MCOB 1.2.16 R is to allow a firm to apply provisions of MCOB which implement the MCD for an MCD regulated mortgage contract to regulated mortgage contracts that are not MCD regulated mortgage contracts, save in respect of MCD exempt lifetime mortgages (other than retirement interest-only mortgages)12 where the firm must continue to provide an illustration in accordance with the relevant requirements in MCOB, rather than an ESIS.
MCOB 1.2.18RRP
8A firm that makes the election in MCOB 1.2.16 R to treat an MCD exempt bridging loan as if it were an MCD regulated mortgage contract must calculate the APRC for the MCD exempt bridging loan by applying the following additional assumptions:(1) the total amount of credit must be deemed to be drawn down in full and for the duration of the MCD exempt bridging loan; and (2) if the duration of the MCD exempt bridging loan is not known, the APRC must be calculated on the assumption
MCOB 1.2.19GRP
(1) 8To meet the definition of an MCD credit agreement (including a foreign currency loan), a contract must come within the definition at the time it is entered into.(2) The effect of (1) is that: (a) a contract which, at the time it is entered into, comes within the definition of an MCD regulated mortgage contract (and a foreign currency loan where applicable) remains an MCD regulated mortgage contract (and a foreign currency loan where applicable) throughout its remaining term,
TC 2.1.5ARRP
19TC 2.1.5B R and TC 2.1.5C R apply to a firm acting as an MCD creditor or an MCD credit intermediary.
TC 2.1.5BRRP
19A firm must ensure that an employee does not carry on any of the activities 23A to 23E in TC Appendix 1 without having an appropriate level of knowledge and competence, which includes an appropriate:(1) knowledge of MCD credit agreements and any ancillary services offered by the firm with them;(2) knowledge of the laws relating to MCD credit agreements for consumers (in particular, consumer protection);(3) knowledge and understanding of the property purchasing process;(4) knowledge
TC 2.1.5CRRP
19A firm must not assess knowledge and competence based solely on relevant professional experience. It should also take into account relevant professional qualifications, such as diplomas and degrees, training and competency tests.[Note: annex III (3) of the MCD]
TC 2.1.5DGRP
19For the purposes of assessing the employee's knowledge and competence, professional experience means their years of employment in areas relating to the origination, distribution or intermediation of MCD credit agreements.[Note: annex III (3)(b) of the MCD]
TC 2.1.5ERRP
19A firm must, for the purposes of TC 2.1.5B R, take into account the nature of the employee's role and their level of responsibility within the firm and decide the appropriate level of knowledge and competence for that employee.[Note: annex III (2) of the MCD]
TC 2.1.12RRP
A firm must review on a regular and frequent basis employees' competence and take appropriate action to ensure that they remain competent for their role.[Note: article 9(1) of the MCD]19
MCOB 2A.1.1RRP
(1) An MCD mortgage lender must not remunerate its members of staff or MCD mortgage credit intermediaries in a way that impedes the MCD mortgage lender from complying with the rules.(2) An MCD mortgage credit intermediary must not remunerate its members of staff or appointed representatives in a way that impedes the MCD mortgage credit intermediary from complying with the rules.[Note: article 7(2) of the MCD]
MCOB 2A.1.2RRP
When establishing and applying remuneration policies for members of staff who are responsible for the assessment of affordability for consumers, an MCD mortgage lender must comply with the following principles:(1) be consistent with, and promote, sound and effective risk management;(2) not encourage risk-taking that exceeds the level of tolerated risk of the MCD mortgage lender;(3) be in line with the business strategy, objectives, values and long-term interests of the MCD mortgage
MCOB 2A.1.3RRP
An MCD mortgage lender must comply with MCOB 2A.1.2 R in a way and to the extent that is appropriate to its size, internal organisation and the nature, scope and complexity of its activities:[Note: article 7(3) of the MCD]
MCOB 2A.1.4RRP
An MCD mortgage adviser, or any other firm that is an MCD mortgage lender or an MCD mortgage arranger that provides advisory services within the meaning of article 4(21) of the MCD, must ensure that the remuneration structure of the members of staff involved does not:(1) prejudice the ability of the members of staff or the firm to act in the consumer's best interest; and(2) be contingent on sales targets.[Note: article 7(4) of the MCD]
MCOB 2A.1.5GRP
The remuneration policies of MCD mortgage lenders and MCD mortgage credit intermediaries, including those that take account of sales volumes, should not be designed in a way that would incentivise their members of staff to conclude a given number or type of MCD regulated mortgage contracts.
MIPRU 1.3.1RRP
MIPRU 1.3 applies to an MCD creditor other than an incoming EEA firm2.
MIPRU 1.3.2RRP
For the valuation of residential immovable property to enter into an MCD credit agreement:(1) an MCD creditor must use reliable standards for the valuation where the valuation is carried out by the MCD creditor; or(2) where the valuation is carried out by a third party, the MCD creditor must take reasonable steps to ensure that reliable standards are used. [Note: article 19(1) of the MCD]
MIPRU 1.3.3GRP
For the purposes of MIPRU 1.3.2 R: (1) reliable standards for the valuation of residential immovable property include internationally recognised valuation standards, in particular those developed by the International Valuation Standards Council1 (IVSC), the European Group of Valuers’ Associations (EGoVA) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), as well as the standards in BIPRU 3.4.77 R to BIPRU 3.4.80 R or, where applicable, MIPRU 4.2F.27 R to MIPRU 4.2F.29 R.[Note:
MIPRU 1.3.4RRP
An MCD creditor must ensure that: (1) internal and external appraisers conducting property valuations are professionally competent and sufficiently independent from the credit underwriting process so they can provide an impartial and objective valuation; and(2) property valuations are documented in a durable medium. [Note: article 19(2) of the MCD]
MCOB 2A.2.1RRP
Except in the circumstances specified in MCOB 2A.2.2 G, MCOB 2A.2.3 R and MCOB 2A.2.4 R, neither an MCD mortgage lender nor an MCD mortgage credit intermediary may engage in any tying practice.[Note: article 12(1) of the MCD]
MCOB 2A.2.2GRP
A firm will not be engaging in a tying practice where the financial service or product offered together with the MCD credit agreement cannot be offered separately as it is a fully integrated part of the credit, for example, a secured overdraft.
MCOB 2A.2.3RRP
An MCD mortgage lender may request the consumer, family member or close relation of the consumer to:(1) open or maintain a payment or a savings account, where the only purpose of the account is to accumulate capital to repay the credit, to service the credit, to pool resources to obtain the credit, or to provide additional security for the MCD mortgage lender in the event of default;(2) purchase or keep an investment product or a private pension product, where such product primarily
MCOB 2A.2.4RRP
An MCD mortgage lender may engage in tying practices where it can demonstrate to the FCA that the tied products or categories of product offered, on terms and conditions similar to each other, which are not made available separately, result in a clear benefit to the consumer taking due account of the availability and the prices of the relevant products offered on the market. This rule only applies to products which are marketed after 20 March 2014.[Note: article 12(3) of the
MCOB 2A.2.5RRP
An MCD mortgage lender may require the consumer to hold a relevant insurance policy related to the MCD regulated mortgage contract but, where it does so, the MCD mortgage lender must accept an insurance policy from a supplier different to his preferred supplier where such policy has a level of guarantee equivalent to the one the MCD mortgage lender has proposed.[Note: article 12(4) of the MCD]
MIPRU 2.2.1RRP
A firm3, other than a sole trader, must allocate the responsibility for the firm'sinsurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity4 to a director or senior manager.3[Note: Article 3(1), fourth paragraph, of the Insurance Mediation Directive1and article 29(4)(a), first sentence, of the MCD.4]1
MIPRU 2.2.2RRP
The firm may allocate the responsibility for its insurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity54 to an approved person (or persons) who is:5(1) (if the firm is not a relevant authorised person): 5(a) performing:5(i) an FCA governing function; or5(ii) a PRA governing function;5(other than a person who is a5non-executive director of the firm5); or(b) performing5 the apportionment and oversight function; or(c) performing5 the significant management function in
MIPRU 2.2.3GRP
(1) Typically a firm will appoint a director who is an approved person of that firm5 to direct its insurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity45. A firm that is not a relevant authorised person may also appoint a person performing another FCA governing function or PRA governing function.5(1A) A firm should not appoint someone performing one of the FCA’s or PRA’s non-executive directorcontrolled functions or any other non-executive director.5(1B) Where5 responsibility
MIPRU 2.2.4GRP
Where a firm has appointed an appointed representative to carry on insurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity4 on its behalf, the person responsible for the firm'sinsurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity4 will also be responsible for the insurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity4 carried on by an appointed representative.
MIPRU 2.2.5GRP
The FCA will specify in the Financial Services Register the name of the persons to whom the responsibility for the firm'sinsurance mediation activity or MCD credit intermediation activity4 has been allocated by inserting after the relevant controlled function the words "(insurance mediation)" or “(MCD intermediation)”.4 In the case of a sole trader, the FCA will specify in the Financial Services Register the name of the sole trader as the 'contact person' in the firm.
CONC 1.2.7GRP
(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
CONC 1.2.8RRP
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
CONC 1.2.9GRP
2MCD article 3(1)(b) creditors and MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediaries are also subject to rules in MCOB, in accordance with MCOB 14.1.3R to MCOB 14.1.5R.
CONC 1.2.10RRP
(1) 2CONC 1.2.8R and the rules applied by CONC 1.2.8R do not apply to an MCD article 3(1)(b) creditor or MCD article 3(1)(b) credit intermediary where the MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreement would be an exempt agreement pursuant to article 60H(1) of the Regulated Activities Order but for:(a) paragraph (1)(b)(ii)(bb) of article 60H of the Regulated Activities Order (which relates to high net worth borrowers); or(b) article 60HA of the Regulated Activities Order (exemptions not
CONC 1.2.11GRP
2The purpose of CONC 1.2.10R(1)(a) is to enable a high net worth borrower under an MCD article 3(1)(b) credit agreement to waive the protections and remedies applicable to regulated credit agreements, except for those that transpose or implement the MCD. The MCD does not contain an exemption or derogation in respect of borrowing above a certain amount, unlike the Consumer Credit Directive: the EUR75,000 threshold in that Directive has been implemented in the form of the exemption
MCOB 11.6.2RRP
(1) Except as provided in MCOB 11.6.3 R, MCOB 11.6.57 R (Interest roll-up mortgages) and MCOB 11.7 (Transitional arrangements):(a) before entering into, or agreeing to vary, a regulated mortgage contract or home purchase plan, a firm must assess whether the customer (and any guarantor of the customer's obligations under the regulated mortgage contract or home purchase plan) will be able to pay the sums due; and[Note: article 18(1) of the MCD]3(b) the firm must not enter into the
MCOB 11.6.3RRP
(1) MCOB 11.6.2 R does not apply to:(a) entering into a new regulated mortgage contract or home purchase plan as a replacement for an existing regulated mortgage contract or home purchase plan between the customer and the firm (either as the original mortgage lender or home purchase provider or as the transferee of the existing contract), whether or not the new contract relates to the same property; or(b) a variation of an existing regulated mortgage contract or home purchase
MCOB 11.6.5RRP
When assessing for the purposes of MCOB 11.6.2 R whether a customer will be able to pay the sums due, a firm: (1) must not base its assessment of affordability on the equity in the property which is used as security under the regulated mortgage contract or is subject to the home purchase plan, or take account of an expected increase in property prices;[Note: article 18(3) of the MCD]3(2) must take full account of:(a) the income of the customer, net of income tax and national insurance;
MCOB 11.6.20RRP
A firm must put in place, and operate in accordance with, a written policy (which may be contained in more than one document), approved by its governing body, setting out the factors it will take into account in assessing a customer's ability to pay the sums due. The policy must address the following matters:(1) how income and expenditure is to be assessed, including (except as provided in MCOB 11.6.32R (1) and MCOB 11.6.39R (1)): (a) details of the types of income which are acceptable;
MCOB 11.6.21ARRP
3An MCD mortgage lender must keep a record of the valuation and types of immovable property accepted as a security, as well as the related mortgage underwriting policies used.[Note: article 19(2) and second sentence of article 26(1) of the MCD]
MCOB 11.6.21BGRP
3When considering the period for which the records kept under MCOB 11.6.21A R are to be retained, MCD mortgage lenders are reminded of the high-level record-keeping provisions in SYSC.
MCOB 11.6.34RRP
When assessing for the purposes of MCOB 11.6.2 R whether a customer will be able to pay the sums due, a firm: (1) must not base its assessment of affordability on the equity in the property which is used as security under the regulated mortgage contract, or take account of an expected increase in property prices;[Note: article 18(3) of the MCD]3(2) must:(a) take full account of the income, net of income tax and national insurance, or net assets (or both) of the customer; and the
MCOB 11.6.60RRP
(1) A firm must make, in paper or electronic form, an adequate record of the steps it takes to comply with the rules in this chapter in relation to each customer.(2) The record in (1) must include the information taken into account in each affordability assessment, so that it is possible to understand from the record the basis of the mortgage lender's or home purchase provider's lending or financing decision, including (except as provided in MCOB 11.6.32R (3) and MCOB 11.6.39R
MCOB 6A.1.1RRP
1This chapter applies to a firm that is an MCD mortgage lender.
MCOB 6A.1.2RRP
This chapter applies to an offer made by a firm to a consumer with a view to the firm:(1) entering into an MCD mortgage contract; (2) varying the terms of an MCD mortgage contract entered into by the consumer in any of the following ways:(a) adding or removing a party;(b) making a further advance; or(c) switching all or part of the MCD regulated mortgage contract from one interest rate to another;(whether or not the consumer agrees to enter into the MCD regulated mortgage contract
MCOB 6A.1.3GRP
MCOB 6A amplifies Principle 6 and Principle 7. The purpose of MCOB 6A is to ensure that a customer receives a clear offer document to enable them to check the features and price of the MCD regulated mortgage contract before they enter into it.
MCOB 10A.2.1GRP
The mathematical formula for calculating the APRC in MCOB 10A.2.2 R is a basic equation for establishing the APRC. This equates, on an annual basis, the total present value of drawdowns on the one hand and the total present value of repayments and payments of charges on the other.[Note: Annex I, Part I of the MCD]
MCOB 10A.2.2RRP
The equation referred to in MCOB 10A.2.1 G is:[Note: Annex I, Part I of the MCD]
MCOB 10A.2.3RRP
The following matters must be applied when calculating the APRC.(1) The amounts paid by both parties at different times must not necessarily be equal and must not necessarily be paid at equal intervals.(2) The starting date must be that of the first drawdown.(3) (a) Intervals between dates used in the calculations must be expressed in years or in fractions of a year. A year is presumed to have 365 days (or 366 days for leap years), 52 weeks or 12 equal months. An equal month is
MCOB 6A.4.1RRP
If a firm makes an offer to a consumer with a view to entering into or varying an MCD regulated mortgage contract, it must provide the consumer, along with the offer document, with a tariff of charges that could be incurred on the regulated mortgage contract.
MCOB 6A.4.2RRP
If the MCD regulated mortgage contract has any linked borrowing or linked deposits , details of the charges on these linked facilities (for example, charges payable on a linked current account) must be included in the firm'stariff of charges.
MCOB 6A.4.4RRP
If a firm makes an offer to a consumer with a view to entering into or varying an MCD regulated mortgage contract that includes a mortgage credit card, it must provide the customer with information explaining that the card will not give the customer the statutory rights associated with traditional credit cards.