The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Friday indicated that it will tell rent-to-own firms, car finance providers, and pawnbrokers to keep offering payment freezes to borrowers in financial difficulty in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Under extended proposals, customers who have yet to request a payment freeze would also have until 31 October to do so, the FCA said.
Under a payment holiday announced in April, the FCA ordered firms to give drivers a three-month freeze on payments if the pandemic had left them in temporary financial difficulty. It told firms not to end agreements or repossess vehicles for such customers.
Firms offering rent-to-own, “buy now, pay later” and pawnbroking agreements were also