What does ‘reckless lending’ mean in the South African context?
The National Credit Act safeguards the rights of consumers in South Africa. According to this legislation, credit providers should take great care when extending credit. They are not allowed to extend credit to someone who will not be able to make the repayments. Here are some of the responsibilities a credit provider, such as a bank, has when they let you sign on the dotted line of a credit agreement:
They have to conducts a comprehensive affordability assessment to determine whether you will be able to afford the repayments of the loan. They have to ensure that you fully understand and acknowledge the risks, costs and obligations of the credit agreement into which you are entering. They have to be sure that you will not become over-indebted as a result of entering into the credit agreement in question.
How do I know if I have been a victim of reckless lending?
If you can answer yes to one or more of the statements below, you may have been a victim of reckless lending, and should seek the support of a qualified debt counsellor to address the situation:
I took out credit after 2007. My credit provider did not perform an affordability assessment. I did not understand the extend of my repayment responsibilities. I fell in arrears with my repayments even though my financial circumstances did not change. I am now over-indebted due to the credit that was provided to me.
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