Mortgage Arrears and Access to Mortgage Finance
HC 766, Fifteenth Report of Session 2008-09, Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Treasury Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This report, 'Mortgage Arrears and Access to Mortgage Finance (HC 766)', focuses on households affected by the recession, struggling with mortgage arrears, or at risk of repossession. The role of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is also scrutinised.
The Committee sets out a number of conclusions and recommendations, which include:
The report notes that both mortgage arrears and repossession levels are on an upward trend and that both are expected to continue rising over the next few years as a result of the recession.
The Committee acknowledges that many mainstream lenders are taking pro-active steps to support consumers in mortgage difficulties but expresses concern at the lack of flexibility and forbearance shown by some lenders in the sub-prime, specialist and second charge sectors towards homeowners in arrears.
The Committee is also concerned at the fact that some lenders are charging high and excessive mortgage arrears fees to customers who fall into mortgage difficulties. The FSA should take a much more robust stance towards tackling and eliminating unfair arrears charges.
The report criticises the seemingly leisurely approach of the FSA towards completing its mortgage arrears review and enforcing possible breaches in the mortgage arrears rules. It calls upon the FSA to spell out clearly in its forthcoming review how it will improve its performance in terms of bringing miscreant firms to book.
The report recommends that the Government re-examine its longer-term strategy towards supporting homeowners in mortgage difficulties to ensure that adequate mechanisms to support homeowners are in place even once the current downturn has ended.
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