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An emergency buffer
Your account comes with a £50 unarranged overdraft buffer designed to cover short-term emergency borrowing. Learn more.
An optional arranged overdraft
You can also apply for an arranged overdraft (subject to status), handy for unexpected expenses. Learn more.
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About overdrafts and your £50 interest-free buffer
When you apply for this account, you'll have the option to apply for an arranged overdraft.
An arranged overdraft allows you to borrow money (up to an agreed limit) if there’s no money left in your account. This can be useful if you're hit with an unexpected bill, for example.
If a payment would take you past your arranged limit (or if you don’t have one), we may (subject to status) allow you to borrow using the £50 interest-free buffer that comes with this account. However, you won't be able to borrow any more than this, as we won't agree to any payment requests that would take you over your arranged limit and the £50 buffer.
The £50 interest-free buffer is a form of unarranged overdraft (where you go overdrawn without agreeing it with us first). There's a chance that payments you try to make using an unarranged overdraft may be declined. However, we'll always try to allow essential payments if we can.
We report account activity, including overdraft usage, to credit reference agencies. An unarranged overdraft lasting more than 30 days could have a negative impact on your credit rating.
You can apply for an arranged overdraft when you open your account, or at any time later. You can ask to increase, remove or reduce your limit at any time in online or mobile banking, by phone or in-branch. Your new limit can't be less than what you owe.
Overdrafts are designed for short-term borrowing only, and are subject to status.
Overdraft text alerts
If we’ve got your mobile number, we’ll send you an SMS text alert if you’ve gone overdrawn or we know you’re about to. These alerts are designed to help you manage your overdraft usage and avoid being charged interest.
You can opt out of overdraft text alerts by calling us or asking us in-branch – but remember you’ll be opting out for all your current accounts with us. If you opt out or we don’t have an up-to-date number for you, you could end up paying interest you might otherwise have avoided.
What are the overdraft charges for this account?
Arranged borrowing: If you have an arranged overdraft, the first £25 you borrow is interest free. If you go overdrawn by more than that, you'll need to pay interest on the amount you borrow (up to your arranged limit) at the rate shown in the representative example below.
Unarranged borrowing: If you borrow more than your arranged limit (or if you don't have one), you may be able to use the £50 interest-free buffer that comes with this account (subject to status). However, we won't agree to any payment requests that would take you over your arranged limit and the £50 buffer.
Representative example: 0% EAR (variable) on the first £25, 39.9% EAR (variable) on anything above that, giving a representative annual percentage rate (APR) of 38.9% APR (variable). Based on an arranged overdraft of £1,200.
How does our overdraft compare? The representative APR shows the cost of borrowing over a year, so you can use it to compare the cost of our overdraft against other overdrafts and ways of borrowing.
To find out more, visit our Overdrafts page, where you can find out if you’re eligible for an arranged overdraft and use our overdraft cost calculator.
You can apply for an HSBC Bank Account Pay Monthly if you:
- are 18 or older and live in the UK or EU
- are happy for us to do a credit check against your name (if you live in the UK)
- can provide ID and proof of address if needed
- have read the important account documents below
Important account documents
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4. APR stands for annual percentage rate. This is the rate at which someone who is borrowing money is charged, calculated over a period of 12 months. It takes into account not just the interest, but also any other charges you may have to pay, as well as any interest-free amount.