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What is a payday loan?

A payday loan is a form of unsecured borrowing, usually taken out to cover essential living expenses until the borrower receives their pay. If you’ve taken out a payday loan, ideally you’ll be able to make the required repayments and there won’t be a problem, but circumstances can change very quickly.

If you’re already experiencing cash flow problems, falling behind on a payday loan increases your risk of entering an inescapable cycle of debt, given the extremely high interest rates, and could even leave you vulnerable to bankruptcy.

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Payday loans and your credit record

Payday loans can adversely affect your credit rating, including when you apply. If you need to take out several loans in succession you’ll be credit-checked each time, which negatively affects your credit rating.

When you miss a payday loan repayment your lender may also inform the credit reference agencies, which can make it more difficult to be accepted for borrowing in the future. Furthermore, if mortgage lenders see that you’ve taken out one or more payday loans, they may decide to reject a mortgage loan application.

Defaults remain on your credit file for six years, so what should you do if you miss a payment?

What to do if you cannot pay your payday loan

If you cannot afford your payday loan repayment you should get in touch with your lender straight away. They may be able to offer you an instalment plan that temporarily reduces your monthly amount.

They might also suggest that you roll over your payment to the following month. Both of these options will incur extremely high rates of interest and charges, however, and if you find yourself in the same situation the following month, this is where the debt cycle starts.

A further issue is that some payday lenders demand that borrowers sign a Continuous Payment Authority that gives them the power to take payment from a bank account. This means that money can be taken regardless of whether you need to use the funds for other expenditure, leaving you extremely vulnerable to severe financial problems, as well as high bank charges if you go overdrawn.

Scotland Debt Solutions can help

Scotland Debt Solutions has extensive experience of helping Scottish residents to deal with payday loans and other debts. There might be a simple solution available, such as putting together a workable budget.

Alternatively, if you have multiple debts alongside your payday loan arrears, a formal debt remedy may be the best option. For more information on how we can help, please get in touch with our partner-led team – we offer free, same-day meetings, and operate offices around Scotland.

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