What is Bath Building Society PPI?
There are many ways of referring to Bath Building Society payment protection insurance (PPI), these include credit insurance, credit protection or loan repayment insurance. The purpose of PPI was to help a borrower make their repayments to Bath Building Society if they couldn’t due to an unforeseen event, such as sickness, injury or redundancy.
PPI is often confused with income protection insurance. They are two completely different products. PPI provides short-term cover and is provided alongside loan and credit products. Any pay-outs under PPI go straight to the loan provider instead of the policyholder.
Income protection insurance is designed to cover 70% of the policyholder’s income if they can’t work due to accident or sickness. This is long-term protection and can cover a person until they retire if they are too ill or injured to work.
Many PPI policies sold by Bath Building Society were added on to a loan, credit/store card, mortgage or an overdraft.
The duration of Bath Building Society PPI usually covers a period of 12 months allowing the borrower to time to seek employment or return to work, if appropriate.
How was Bath Building Society PPI mis-sold?
Some customers were sold Bath Building Society PPI without knowing it had been added to their loan. Consumers say that Bath Building Society advised them their loan, mortgage or credit card application would not be approved if they didn’t buy Bath Building Society PPI. This meant borrowers took out the Bath Building Society PPI, even though they may not need it because they didn’t want to risk losing the deal.
Were you mis-sold PPI by Bath Building Society?
It is possible PPI may have been mis-sold by Bath Building Society if any of the following facts occurred at the point of sale:
- Were you unemployed, self-employed or retired at the time Bath Building Society sold you the PPI policy?
- Had you been unemployed, self-employed or retired when you were sold your PPI policy by Bath Building Society, you would not have received any benefit from it as you would not have been covered.
- Did you know that PPI had been added to your agreement by Bath Building Society?
- If you had no idea that Bath Building Society had added PPI to your agreement, it could have been done without your consent. Alternatively it could have been an opt-out box that wasn’t clearly visible.
- Had the Bath Building Society explained the total cost of Bath Building Society PPI to you at the time of sale?
- All costings relating to the PPI should have been explained to you by Bath Building Society. This will be a major mis-selling factor if it wasn’t done.
- Did Bath Building Society make it known that that some of the PPI premium may have been paid as commission?
- If more than 50% of your PPI premium was paid as commission to Bath Building Society, this is classed as high commission under the Plevin rule. You were mis-sold and due a PPI refund.
- Were you made aware by Bath Building Society that you could cancel the PPI policy?
- Bath Building Society should have explained that you had a cooling off period and could exercise your right to cancel the PPI policy within that time.
- Were you made aware by Bath Building Society of any circumstances or exclusions where you would not be successful in making a claim?
- If Bath Building Society had not made clear any exclusions or circumstances that would prevent you from claiming, you may have been mis-sold Bath Building Society PPI policy.
- Were any enquiries made by Bath Building Society if you had other PPI cover that would cover repayments?
- Bath Building Society has a responsibility to find out if you had sufficient PPI cover elsewhere.
- Were you pressured into purchasing the Bath Building Society PPI policy?
- Bath Building Society should have looked at your personal situation to assess if you would benefit from having PPI without any pressure or hard-sell.
- At the time of taking out the PPI policy with Bath Building Society, did you have any pre-existing medical conditions?
- If you had any pre-existing medical conditions that meant you could not have worked for the duration of the Bath Building Society PPI term, you would not be covered by the Bath Building Society PPI policy.
- Was it implied to you that Bath Building Society PPI was necessary to get the finance?
- If the finance sought was such that required a PPI policy, Bath Building Society should have let you know that you could shop around to find and compare PPI cover or if you already had PPI in place, Bath Building Society should not have sold you their PPI policy.
- Did Bath Building Society PPI have an upper age limit, if so, were you older than it?
- If Bath Building Society PPI specified an age limit for cover and you were older than this, you would not be covered by the policy.
- How long was the term of Bath Building Society PPI, was it was shorter than the term of finance agreement? Did Bath Building Society explain that there would also be a period of no cover towards the end of the finance agreement?
- If Bath Building Society didn’t explain that you would have a period of no protection during the term of the finance agreement, you Bath Building Society PPI policy was mis-sold to you.
What could you claim from Bath Building Society?
If your claim against Bath Building Society is upheld, you may receive a full refund of PPI paid to Bath Building Society, including any interest charged on the PPI. Statutory interest of 8% per year would also be payable on the premiums and any interest charged.