Borrowers Rights

Know your rights as a borrower?

As a borrower, it pays to know your rights – and don’t be afraid to exercise them!

It can all seem a little intimidating when you apply for a loan, and it seems like the lender is putting a lot of conditions on you as the borrower. But what are your rights? Borrowers are heavily protected by state and federal law, and you can expect your lender to keep up their end of the bargain too. You have:

The right to know what you’re in for

The lender must provide you with a very detailed contract which outlines all of the terms and conditions of your loan in clear language. You should take the time to understand all of your obligations, fees and charges and make sure the loan amount details are all correct.

The right to know your interest rate

Your lender is required to communicate interest rate changes to you in advance – either directly, or by putting an advertisement in a major newspaper.

The right to know your repayment amount

The lender must provide you with written notice at least 20 days before your interest rate is due to increase.

The right to a copy of your loan statement

A loan statement must be provided to you every six months. You have the right to dispute any transactions that you don’t feel are correct or justified.

The right to pay out your loan at any time

There may be some fees involved, but you do have the right to pay your loan out at any time. Accordingly, you also have the right to know your payout figure, which your lender must provide to you within 7 days of receiving a written request.

The right to terminate your contract before the funds are drawn down

You have the right to pull out of the transaction if the funds have not yet been drawn down for settlement to take place.

The right to get assistance in times of financial hardship

There is legislation in place to protect you if you experience financially tough times. It’s worth investigating the relevant options so that you are ready for the unexpected.

But, you would remember from childhood that more rights usually equals greater responsibilities. There are a few obligations that you must keep to your lender as well:

Provide truthful, factual information when you apply.
– Make all of the repayments on the due date.
– Keep the property in good condition and don’t make any big alterations without getting permission from your lender.
– Take out insurance for the full replacement value of the buildings/structures and keep the insurance policy paid and current.
– Don’t sell, rent, or mortgage the property without your lender’s permission.

Credit Card Debt Consolidation

Credit card debt consolidation


Credit card debt is a nightmare of a problem and unfortunately there a lot of people who face this today (and if others don’t pay heed, they might get trapped into credit card debt too). Credit card debt consolidation is generally regarded as the most important step in credit card debt reduction and elimination.

Credit card debt consolidation is the process/strategy to consolidate debt from multiple credit cards into lesser number of credit cards. Credit card debt consolidation is sometimes also referred as a balance transfer where you transfer your balance on one credit card to another credit card. Generally, the balance transfer (or credit card debt consolidation) is done from credit cards with higher APR to credit cards with lower APR. Credit card debt consolidation can also be achieved by going for a bank loan (at a lower interest rate) and using that towards paying the debt on the higher APR credit cards. This loan is then paid-back to the bank in the form of monthly instalments.

As you would have noticed, a lot of credit card suppliers and banks keep coming out with attractive offers for Credit card debt consolidation. There is no dearth of 0% APR offers for credit card debt consolidation. However, credit card debt consolidation is a serious exercise and you must exercise caution. When going for credit card debt consolidation, you must properly analyze the offers from various banks and credit card suppliers. Check the time period for which 0% APR is being offered and also the APR that would be applicable after the lapse of that period. Generally, 0%APR is valid for a 6-12 month period only. So, if you are confident of paying back a considerable amount of debt in that period, this kind of credit card debt consolidation will work for you even if the APR (post 0% period) is a bit higher.  However, if that is not the case, the long term APR is going to be the most important thing for you. If the long term APR is more than the APR for your current credit card, this kind of Credit card debt consolidation will be futile for you. Also, check processing charges etc before you actually go for balance transfer or credit card debt consolidation with another supplier/bank. Another good idea is to check with your current credit card supplier and see if they can offer a lower APR to you in order to help you in clearing off your debt.