Video+quiz:Banks Offer Mortgage Relief For Flood Victims


Some of Britain’s banks announce plans to help homeowners affected by damaging floods sweeping the country.

Banks have announced a range of support for flood victims, as rising waters continue to cause havoc for homeowners.

Santander said it would offer free overdraft extensions and mortgage payment holidays to customers who have been affected by the flooding.

Homeowners’ circumstances would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may include conversion of mortgage loans to interest-only payments.

Farmers would be offered extensions to current facilities for up to a year and businesses would get at least six months extensions.

Customer overdraft extensions for business and personal accounts would be made without renewal or extension fees being levied.

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group – which also owns NatWest – said it would also help victims.

RBS said it would grant customers a payment holiday and comes on top of its January announcement of a £250m storm business fund.

“Today the bank has announced that RBS and NatWest mortgage customers with flooded homes will be able to apply for a three month mortgage repayment holiday,” the bank said.

“In addition, the bank will send specialist business support teams to affected areas in the coming weeks to help (companies) with short-term financial problems as they conduct urgent repair work and deal with loss of trading income.”

Lloyds, which is partially owned by the taxpayer, said it would set up a £250m fund to provide fee-free lending across the retail and business spectra.

Nationwide also said it would step up efforts to help families, including temporary overdrafts and alternative security checks as many people no longer had access to their documentation.

HSBC announced a plan to fast-track credit acceptances, along with overdraft and loan extensions.

Customers, including farmers, would be considered for loan repayment holidays of up to three months and reduced fees on loans.

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