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The Consumer Credit Act 2006 marks the final stage of the most significant reform of domestic consumer credit law in almost 30 years. The Act amends the Consumer Credit Act 1974 with the principal aim of improving the regulation of consumer credit and consumer hire businesses, whilst at the same time providing better protection and remedies for the consumer. Legal professionals in the field will find this to be an indispensable guide to the new provisions.
It offers a clear explanation of how the new law will affect businesses and includes both a copy of the new Act and the Consumer Credit Act 1974 as amended. The Act, expected to come into force in 2007, aims to protect vulnerable consumers and to create a fairer and more competitive credit market by:-
For all credit, hire and hire purchase businesses with customers who are individuals or partnerships consisting of two or three persons, there will be new rules to follow. The new provisions relating to unfair relationships are not limited to regulated agreements but will apply in respect of most loans to individuals or small partnerships.