High cost loans usually have high interest rates, but are due to be paid over a longer period of time – perhaps several years. Because they are due to be repaid over a longer period of time, they fall outside of the Financial Conduct Authority’s definition of ‘high-cost short-term credit’. Nevertheless, they carry many of the same pitfalls as ‘payday’ loans, and are often taken out by customers who struggle to obtain lending from banks and building societies.
The lender is required to carry out sufficient checks to ensure that the loan can be sustainably repaid over the many months of its term. So this would usually mean the affordability checks would need to be more thorough than if a small amount of money was being borrowed over a very short space of time.
It is not enough for the lender to simply be happy to take on the ‘risk’ of lending you money; its checks need to be borrower-focused – ascertaining whether the customer can sustainably make the monthly repayments – without those payments causing the customer difficulty. Also, if the customer would need to borrow more money in order to keep up with the repayments on the loan, then this is also not sustainable, so would be irresponsible lending.
An Ombudsman made the following findings on a high cost credit case, which is typical of outcomes we have seen:
“it’s clear that Miss O’s income was pretty much being used to meet commitments to existing creditors. And she was using payday loans as well as her overdraft in an attempt to supplement her income and make ends meet. I think the proportionate checks would have shown 118 118 Money that she was likely to use this loan in the same way which meant she was unlikely to be able to repay it without borrowing further or suffering significant adverse consequences.”
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We realise that claiming against a high cost loan lender can seem daunting. We aim to make the claiming process as simple as possible. We specialise in affordability claims. Our experienced team will communicate with the lender (and where required, the Ombudsman service) on your behalf. We use bespoke technology to ensure efficient claims handling. Throughout the process, we inform you of claim progress using a “stage process”, so you can track your progress easily. Please remember though, that you do not need to use a claims management company to make your complaint to your lender, and if your complaint is not successful you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service yourself for free.
Pre complaint investigation and analysis
Formal mis-selling complaint made
Lender responds with a Final Response Letter
If appropriate resolution cannot be reached with the lender, referral to Financial Ombudsman Service.
As of the 1st March 2022, we have implemented a new fee structure which we have explained below. If you signed your contract with us prior to the 1st March 2022, please refer to your signed claims pack for our previous fee terms.
Our fees are owed upon a successful claim and will depend on the amount of redress you receive in cash in hand compensation. This means we charge on what you actually receive, not debt or tax deductions. If income tax is deducted from 8% statutory interest received and sent to HRMC, we do not charge you on this deduction.
If successful, your fee will be calculated based on which band your redress falls into and will be charged by whichever is the lowest of:
The below table outlines the redress bands, the maximum percentage rate of charge and the maximum total charge is for each band.
|Band||Redress||% Charge (with VAT)||Maximum charge (with VAT) (£)||Maximum charge (without VAT) (£)|
|1||1 – 1499||36%||504||420|
|2||1,500 – 9,999||33.6%||3000||2500|
|3||10,000 – 24,999||30%||6000||5000|
|4||25,000 – 49,999||24%||9000||7500|
Examples of how this would work in practice:
|Band||Lower example||Higher example|
|1||You receive £100 in redress; our fee would be £36.||You receive £1499 in redress; our fee would be £504.|
|2||You receive £1,600 in redress; our fee would be £537.60.||You receive £9,999 in redress; our fee would be £3,000.|
|3||You receive £12,000 in redress; our fee would be £3,600.||You receive £24,999 in redress; our fee would be £6,000.|
|4||You receive £30,350 in redress; our fee would be £7,284.||You receive £49,999 in redress; our fee would be £9,000.|
|5||You receive £55,000 in redress; our fee would be £9,900.||You receive £100,000 in redress; our fee would be £12,000.|
If you owe your lender money (e.g., because you are in arrears or have an active loan), they may use some or all of your compensation to reduce what you owe them. If this happens, our success fee will be calculated on the actual cash in hand compensation that you receive, for example:
|1||You recover £1,000 but owe the lender £800 for an outstanding loan, so receive £200 cash in hand. Our fee would be 36% inc. VAT of £200 which is £72.|
|2||You recover £8,000 but owe the lender £2,000 for an outstanding loan, so receive £6,000 cash in hand. Our fee would be 33.6% inc. VAT of £6,000 which is £2,016.|
|3||You recover £21,000 but owe the lender £9,000 for an outstanding loan, so receive £12,000 cash in hand. Our fee would be 30% inc. VAT of £12,000 which is £3,600.|
|4||You recover £40,000 but owe the lender £10,000 for an outstanding loan, so receive £30,000 cash in hand. Our fee would be 24% inc. VAT of £30,000 which is £7,200.|
|5||You recover £70,000 but owe the lender £17,000 for an outstanding loan, so receive £53000 cash in hand. Our fee would be 18% inc. VAT of £53,000 which is £9,540.|
You would pay us the fee once you receive your cash in hand benefit from your lender, and your outstanding loan will also have been paid off at no additional charge.
Please note, the above fee examples are for illustration purposes only. They are not an estimate of the likely outcome or fee you will need to pay. Each claim depends on its own merits.
You can cancel for free at any time within 14-days without giving any reason and without incurring any liability. You can communicate your cancellation by telephone, post, email or online.
You can cancel this agreement at any time after the 14-day cancellation period. However, if a complaint submitted by us is successful, the Success Fee will apply in the usual way.
You can cancel by post: Allegiant Finance Services Limited, Freepost RTYU–XUTZ–YKJC, 400 Chadwick House, Warrington Road, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6AE; (b) by email: [email protected]; (c) by telephone: 0345 544 1563; or (d) online at https://allegiant.co.uk/compliance/cancellation.
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