Panorama on 17 June 2019 showed Easy Money, Tough Debt? It's on iPlayer for 11 months if you missed it. It covered a wide range of high cost borrowing, with stories from people who had problems with payday loans, with high-cost credit cards and catalogues, and guarantor loans, with a borrower and a guarantor being featured. Everyday stories of high cost borrowing For a debt adviser, these … [Read more...]
Complaints about guarantor loans
These articles look at what can go wrong with guarantor loans and how to complain about them, if you are the borrower or if you are the guarantor. It is simple to complain and 90% of these complaints are being won at the Ombudsman.
They apply to all guarantor loan lenders. They do not apply to guarantor mortgages, or if you are the guarantor for a business loan or someone's tenancy.
Amigo is much the biggest so many of the examples are about Amigo but the same rules apply to all lenders.
For articles that look at Amigo's own finances, see Amigo Company Archives.
Guarantor loans are coming into the regulatory spotlight. The FCA wrote to CEOs in March 2019 saying it will be looking at affordability and whether potential guarantors have enough information to understand how likely it is that they may have to make the loan payments. In a speech, Jonathan Davis said: Recent work we have done in this area showed that many guarantors are making at least 1 … [Read more...]
Guarantor loans are wide open to financial abuse, where the guarantor is pressured into agreeing to the loan, often without full knowledge of the borrower's situation. This can take many forms, but today, for International Women's Day 2019, here are some recent comments from women who were bullied into agreeing to be the guarantor for their partner or their ex-partner. I was bullied … [Read more...]
Have you heard that a guarantor loan is a good way to improve a bad credit score? That's bad advice. There are big problems with guarantor loans and there are much better ways to improve a bad credit rating! If you already have a guarantor loan, or you are the guarantor for someone else's loan, see the bottom of this article where I look at what your options are. Many people want to improve … [Read more...]
Logbook loans, guarantor loans, "pay weekly" shops such as BrightHouse - these may sound attractive if you are short on cash but have a poor credit rating or have been refused a payday loan. But this sort of debt can end in disaster if you have money problems. This article looks at bad credit loans, how they create a lot more problems than they solve and what alternatives might work better for … [Read more...]