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The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013

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Obligations of certain credit brokers who are not authorised persons

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12.—(1) This article applies to a person (“P”) who—

(a)is not an authorised person,

(b)carries on an activity of the kind specified by article 36A(1)(d) to (f) of the Regulated Activities Order (credit broking), and

(c)is not exempt from the general prohibition in relation to the carrying on of that activity by virtue of section 327(1) of the Act (exemption from the general prohibition for members of a designated professional body).

(2) P must indicate in advertising and documentation intended for borrowers or those who may become a borrower the extent of P’s powers, in particular whether P works exclusively for one or more lenders or does not work for any lender.

(3) P must disclose to the borrower or any person who may become a borrower the fee, if any, payable by the borrower to P for P’s services.

(4) Any fee to be paid by the borrower to P must be agreed between the borrower and P and that agreement must be recorded in writing or other durable medium before the credit agreement is entered into.

(5) P must disclose to the lender the fee, if any, payable by the borrower to P for P’s services for the purpose of enabling the lender to calculate the annual percentage rate of charge in relation to the credit agreement.

(6) In this article, “borrower” and “lender” have the meanings given by Article 60L of the Regulated Activities Order.

(7) A contravention by P of a provision of this article is actionable at the suit of a private person who suffers loss as a result of the contravention, subject to the defences and other incidents applying to actions for breach of statutory duties.

(8) “Private person” has the meaning prescribed for the purposes of section 138D of the Act (action for damages)(1).

(9) Sections 165 (regulator’s power to require information: authorised persons etc.)(2) and 167 (appointment of persons to carry out general investigations)(3) apply as if each reference to an authorised person (except in section 165(11) and 167(2)) included a reference to a person who falls within paragraph (1).

(10) Part 14 of the Act (disciplinary measures) applies to the requirements imposed by this article as if each reference to an authorised person included a reference to a person who, at the time of the contravention of the requirement, fell within paragraph (1).

(1)

Inserted by the Financial Services Act 2012, section 24.

(2)

Amended by the Financial Services Act 2010, Schedule 2, paragraph 15, and the Financial Services Act 2012 Schedule 12, paragraphs 1 to 9. Modified by S.I. 2001/3083.

(3)

Amended by the Financial Services Act 2012, Schedule 12, paragraph 7(1) to (3), and S.I. 2007/126.

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