When you take out an unsecured loan, you borrow money from a lender, such as a bank.
You’ll agree to make regular monthly repayments over a set period of time – until the loan (plus any interest owed) is repaid in full.
You can typically borrow between £1,000 and £25,000 on an unsecured loan but different lenders may have different limits.
When you apply, your creditworthiness and other factors will be considered. For example, a lender will decide if they’re willing to lend to you, how much, and at what interest rate, based on things like:
It’s important to only borrow what you can afford to pay back, and make sure you can keep up with the repayments to avoid fees and charges.
Examples of unsecured lending include:
Unsecured loans are approved without the use of property or other assets as collateral. This means the lender can’t take away any of your assets, such as your home, if you fail to repay what you owe.
As a mortgage valuation isn’t required, applications for unsecured loans are completed faster than secured loans. So, you can make your plans a reality sooner.
You can expect to receive your loan money within 1 to 7 working days, depending on the bank and whether you have an account with them.
You can choose how long you want to take to repay the loan. This is usually between 1 and 8 years, depending on how much you borrow. Many lenders also give you the option to top up your loan.
Unsecured loans are typically seen as higher risk for a lender, compared to secured loans. Because a lender only has your creditworthiness and your word as a guarantee that you’ll repay the debt, interest rates tend to be higher than on secured loans.
Any late or missed repayments can result in fees and charges, as well as negatively impact your credit score and your ability to borrow money in the future. Before you apply, make sure you can afford the repayments for the full term of the loan.
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