Could the latest FCA proposals to provider further support for mortgage borrowers follow into motor finance?

The motor finance industry fears another round of regulatory guidance to provide further payment deferrals after the FCA announced on 26th August that it proposes lenders provide ongoing support to mortgage borrowers beyond October.

Impact of mortgage holidays on motor finance

In March mortgage lenders were required to assist borrowers facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic with an initial three-month repayment deferral. This was extended in early June to require mortgage repayment deferrals to continue for a further three months where required. These decisions by the regulators for mortgage providers were followed by similar requirements of motor finance lenders, with firms being required to offer motor finance payment deferrals to customers suffering financial difficulties as result of the pandemic.

With mortgage payment forbearance obligations now looking to be extended again, motor finance firms are anxiously awaiting confirmation of next steps as the amount of unpaid debt increases.

A last resort for mortgage borrowers

The decision by the FCA does not come without implications on borrowers, however, with deferrals on mortgage payments. It has been widely reported over recent months that borrowers who have taken advantage of mortgage and other credit payment deferrals have experienced difficulties taking out new loans, with lenders questioning their ability to make repayments.

An ethical approach to collections and enforcement

At Chartsbridge, we pride ourselves on taking a sensitive and ethical approach to collections and enforcement. Our team will always work proactively with customers and will refer individuals to providers of free, independent support wherever appropriate, and continue to provide support whilst help is provided.


Release date: 7 September 2020

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