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What is a default?
When a borrower signs a loan contract with LendingCrowd, they agree to various terms and conditions. The most significant of these is that they meet their monthly loan repayment on time. If they fail to meet any of the terms and conditions, they’ll be in default of the loan.
We allow up to 4 days for the payment to be received after the due date before we show it as overdue. This allows sufficient time for any delays that may have occurred in the banking system. We mark a loan as ‘in arrears’ if we don’t receive the repayment within 45 days.
When a borrower can no longer meet their repayment schedule nor pay the outstanding loan, we’ll declare the loan as a capital loss. We’ll identify the outstanding capital as a bad debt. This normally happens after 180 days, in line with Peer To Peer Finance Associations Guidelines. For accounts held outside an ISA, investors can declare bad debts against earnings on their tax statement.
If a loan falls into default and there’s no clear indication of how and when we’ll receive the payment, we’ll take recovery action. This will include referring the matter to our panel of experts – which includes solicitors, accountants and debt collectors – who’ll provide guidance or act on our behalf, whichever is the most appropriate course of action. Our loans are asset backed, so our recoveries process can involve forcing the sale of assets through a legal process, which can take time.
As highlighted on our Risk matters page, your capital is at risk when lending through LendingCrowd or any other peer-to-peer platform. While we’ll make every effort to recover as much capital as possible, you should remember that you may not receive all the money you invested.
Our Credit Team will send investors updates on any potential defaults and actions carried out. At the same time, they’ll maintain contact with the borrower to obtain payment.
Treating Customers Fairly
Throughout any default or recovery process, we’ll ensure that we treat our customers fairly in line with the Financial Conduct Authority’s principles.
As a borrower, it’s important to remember that defaulting might lead to the debt being passed to an agency for collection. Investors need to be mindful that they’re lending to businesses so their capital is at risk. LendingCrowd and its products are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.