Sub prime lenders are using house repossession as a measure of first resort,
alarming a Treasury committee which wants regulators to get a grip on the
problem and crack down on the practice.
John McFall, chairman of the committee, said it was important to ensure that
lenders are complying with the rules to ‘only use repossession as a last
‘Losing the family home is one of the most distressing experiences a family
can go through. We have heard harrowing tales of households struggling to keep
their heads above water in an attempt to avoid repossession,’ he said.
‘The committee was extremely concerned by evidence that many sub prime,
specialist and second charge lenders are using repossession not as a tool of
last resort, but instead of first resort.’
The committee noted that mortgage arrears and repossession levels were rising
and will continue to rise as a result of the recession.
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