The Banking Ombudsman has upheld a complaint from a bank’s customer after she was allowed to spend over her credit limit without her agreement to an increased credit limit.  After an investigation by the Banking Ombudsman the bank agreed to reverse all interest and fees charged on the excess borrowing and to enter into an interest free repayment arrangement on that excess borrowing.

If a customer complains to the Ombudsman about unaffordable lending the Ombudsman’s usual approach is to require the customer to repay the amounts over the limit, but to require the bank to write off interest and charges associated with the excess lending.  The Ombudsman also requires the bank to enter into a suitable repayment arrangement for the excess lending.   That repayment arrangement should be affordable to the bank’s customer.

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Alan Knowsley
Wellington


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