Lenders ‘ignoring repossession protocol’

Lenders ‘ignoring repossession protocol’




Mortgage lenders are failing to follow rules designed to help people avoid repossession, according to a damning report published today.


The joint report by AdviceUK, Citizens Advice and HHSE found that in a third of recorded cases mortgage lenders had failed to comply with new rules – known as the ‘pre-action protocol’ – requiring them to take court action as a last resort only.


Before starting legal action, lenders should offer borrowers other options for dealing with their arrears – however, judges only verified they had done so in a handful of cases.






Published on the same day as new repossession figures are expected from the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the ‘Turning the Tide?’ report is based on research into hundreds of cases seen by advisers who give last-minute advice to people at court on the day of their repossession hearings.