According to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), even higher earners are falling foul of payday lenders nowadays.
Martin James of the FOS – quoted by Holly Thomas in the Sunday Times on 2 June – said that “in some cases, lenders (that’s both payday lenders and mortgage providers – Ed.) were found to be unsympathetic with borrowers on higher earnings, assuming they were not in financial difficulty because of the high value of their homes. Many asset-rich people are cash-poor.”
In cases of payday lenders “assuming they were not in financial difficulty”, that sounds like a good excuse. But I don’t imagine too many people would seek funds from a payday lender unless they were in financial difficulty, even if it were only a temporary cashflow problem. And the lenders must know that.
Holly Thomas’s article continues with advice from a variety of impartial experts on how to clear debts:
- Don’t prolong the situation.
- Consider downsizing your home if it’s feasible. (That of course assumes you can sell in today’s market.)
- Ask your lender to vary the terms of the loan; e.g. to extend a mortgage term, or even switching to interest-only. (but the latter only for a period – Ed.)
- Negotiate a debt management plan with the help of one of the free advice services. (National Debtline, Citizens Advice or StepChange)
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