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Monday, March 7, 2016

CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Marketplace Lenders

The CFPB has announced it is accepting complaints from consumers encountering problems with loans from online marketplace lenders. The Bureau is also releasing a consumer bulletin that provides an overview of marketplace lending and outlines tips for consumers who are considering taking out loans from these types of lenders.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray said:
When consumers shop for a loan online we want them to be informed and to understand what they are signing up for. All lenders, from online startups to large banks, must follow consumer financial protection laws. By accepting these consumer complaints, we are giving people a greater voice in these markets and a place to turn to when they encounter problems.

Millions of consumers take out personal loans online. A marketplace lender uses an online interface to connect consumers or businesses seeking to borrow money with investors willing to buy or invest in the loan. Generally, the marketplace lending platform handles all underwriting and customer service interactions with the borrower. Once a loan is originated, the company generally makes arrangements to transfer ownership to the investors while it continues to service the loan.

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