You need to make your PPI claim before the impending deadline. We take you through how to claim back PPI for free.
At Canary Claims, we’ve created this comprehensive guide on how to claim PPI. We explain how to claim back PPI for free and explain why using a claims management company is a desirable option for many people.
With the PPI deadline set for 29th August 2019, starting a PPI claim as soon as possible gets more important with each passing day. Understandably, people have a lot of questions about PPI claims and how to make a claim that gives them the best possible chance of success.
It’s possible to claim PPI yourself for free. However, it can be a time-consuming process so we would recommend using a reputable PPI claims company to take the hassle out of your claim. If you have a particularly old PPI claim or claims to multiple lenders, or if the bank has changed names or been bought out, this can cause issues when it comes to making a claim.
Take the weight off of your shoulders by working with Canary Claims, a top PPI claims company.
That being said, we’re eager to help you make a claim however you wish. With 64 million PPI policies sold in the UK, it’s incredibly likely that you did have PPI mis-sold to you. In this post, we tell you how you can claim PPI for free.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Claim PPI Yourself
Millions of UK consumers have already made successful claims and you could be next! Follow these steps to make a successful PPI claim at no cost to you.
1. Find Your Paperwork
The first step in the process is to find your old financial paperwork. Any mortgages, credit cards or loans bought before 2010 could have been sold along with PPI. Once you find your statements, check for Payment Protection Insurance, but be aware that it may be listed under another name, including the following (or a similar variation):
- Loan care
- Mortgage cover
- ASU (Accident, Sickness and Unemployment cover)
- Card protector
- Account cover
If you find any of these on your paperwork, you had PPI, meaning you are eligible to make a claim. You should start your claim as soon as possible — skip to step number three to find out what you need to do with your evidence and how much you could be entitled to.
2. What to Do if You Can’t Find Your Paperwork
If you cannot find your paperwork or even remember the financial products that you had, this isn’t the end of your PPI claim. The process will take longer, but spending some time to find out if you had PPI is worthwhile given the large payout you could receive.
There are a few ways to access this information. A credit check will allow you to identify any previous financial products you’ve bought, but it’s important to note that this will only give you information from the past six years. Websites such as Experian can be used to check this information. If the credit check highlights any accounts, you can then contact the bank to find out if PPI was sold.
Providing vital information such as your name, date of birth, address and the year that you had the product, will allow the bank or lender to access your information quickly. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to find out if you can make a claim. Individuals have a right to access any personal information a company has about them. As such, your bank is legally obligated to inform you about any previous accounts, including if they had PPI.
Alternatively, ask a claims management company to find out on your behalf if PPI was mis-sold.
This process can take a variable amount of time and can make the PPI claims process longer. However, it’s worth checking all previous accounts for evidence of mis-sold PPI.
3. Use a PPI Claims Calculator
If you have accurate information, you can use our free PPI calculator to find out how much you could be owed by your bank or lender. Using an advanced algorithm, we can estimate how much you could receive from your bank for a successful claim.
4. Contact the Bank or Lender
Now you have evidence that PPI has been mis-sold to you and know how it was mis-sold, it’s time to contact your bank or lender. Some banks allow you to make a claim online, which makes it much easier. If this isn’t possible, you will need to write a letter including all of the relevant information: your full name, PPI policy number and when you bought the product. You must also explain the reason you are claiming and may need to provide some evidence. For example, if PPI was useless to you because you had a pre-existing medical condition when you were sold the insurance, you will need a copy of a doctor’s note or other evidence to prove this.
5. Wait For Your Outcome
After sending your letter to the bank, you should receive a reply acknowledging that your PPI claim has been received. From the date of this letter, your case should be resolved within eight weeks. However, the process can take longer for older claims. If this is the case, the bank should update you and let you know. If you do not hear a response after eight weeks, we advise following up to see where the bank is with your claim.
You claim will either be upheld, meaning you will receive a refund, or rejected. If your claim is successful you may not receive immediate payment, but the bank should offer an indication as to when you will get your money. You will also receive a full breakdown of the refund amount so you know exactly how much you’ll receive and why.
If the bank does not uphold your PPI claim, this is not the end of the road for you. If you’re confident you have a strong case, you may consider referring your case to the independent adjudicator, the Financial Ombudsman.
6. Contact the Financial Ombudsman
The Financial Ombudsman (FOS) will review your case and look at the reason it was rejected by the bank. If it thinks that the bank was wrong not to offer a PPI refund, your claim will be upheld.
Seven out of ten cases referred to the FOS are about PPI, meaning there is a huge backlog of claims yet to be reviewed by employees. It’s important to consider that if you do refer your case to the Ombudsman, it can take up to two years to resolve your case.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t refer your case to the FOS. Thousands of people have had success with the FOS. Between July and December 2017, 37% of PPI cases referred to the FOS were upheld.
How to Reclaim PPI Under the Plevin Rule
Have you heard about Plevin? This new rule means that anyone who had PPI — regardless of whether or not it was unknowingly sold — can make a claim. The Plevin ruling is based not on the mis-selling of PPI, but rather the commission banks made on each PPI sale.
If your previous PPI claim has been rejected, you can claim again. What’s more, if you knowingly bought Payment Protection Insurance, you could be entitled a refund if the amount of commission was not disclosed to you.
The Plevin rule is given its name by a Mrs. Susan Plevin, who made a PPI case against Paragon Personal Finance. During the case, it was revealed that 71% of the PPI policy sold to her was a sales commission. The court ruled that this itself was a form of mis-selling and upheld Mrs. Plevin’s PPI claim. You can claim back compensation if over 50% of your PPI sale was a commission. With many banks making an average of 67% commission on PPI sales, the chance of you making a successful Plevin claim is high.
As the Plevin rule is based on a different kind of mis-selling, you are able to try and reclaim PPI even if your previous claim was rejected. However, if you have already made a successful claim, you can’t claim again.
Thousands have made successful PPI cases thanks to the Plevin rule. The process of making a Plevin claim is identical to any other — just follow our step-by-step guide above. However, you must make it clear to the bank or lender that this is the type of claim you are making.
Should You Use a PPI Claims Company?
Many people choose to use a PPI claims company to make a claim on their behalf. But when you can claim PPI yourself for free, why would people choose to use such a service? We explain why choosing a reputable PPI claims company, such as Canary Claims, is a popular choice for many.
We Discover if You Were Mis-Sold PPI
Some people really had no idea that they bought PPI. The product was often added without the buyer’s knowledge or consent, which is why the PPI scandal has proved to be so controversial. This was done to thousands of consumers across the UK.
Our experts at Canary Claims can easily find out if you ever had PPI. Even if you don’t have bank statements or information about the account or product, we will be able to uncover this on your behalf. A credit check will not offer information beyond six years, but our thorough checks will identify older accounts that may have been sold with PPI, saving you the hassle of doing it yourself.
A PPI Claims Company Saves You Time
Many of us lead very busy lives and finding the time to collect evidence and chase up banks or lenders can be difficult. Handing the claim over to a company relieves you of this unnecessary pressure, a pressure which has only increased with the announcement of the upcoming PPI deadline. Our team will deal with all the communication with the bank in a swift manner and we’ll keep you updated every step of the way.
If you have more than one claim to make to various banks, this can be even more time-consuming, requiring you to correspond with multiple lenders. If in the event your claim is rejected, you want to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman, this adds an additional step to the process.
We Can Find the Correct Contact
Many banks, lenders and credit card companies are no longer trading. As we mentioned earlier, some companies have been taken over while others have gone out of business entirely. Companies including Egg, and Bradford and Bingley, for example, no longer exist. If you’ve been mis-sold PPI from a bank or lender no longer in business, you can still make a PPI claim, but knowing who to contact isn’t always clear. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of PPI claims so we know who to contact every time.
Making a claim can sometimes feel like chasing different lenders until you find the right one — using a claims management company saves you that stress.
No Win, No Fee Means Nothing to Lose
As the best PPI claims company, we offer a no win, no fee policy. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you don’t pay us a penny. With nothing to lose, there is no harm in trying!
Why Use a PPI Claims Company?
We understand the negative connotations people have of claims companies — endless cold calls and text messages, as well as scam PPI claims companies trying to get money from vulnerable people gives the industry a bad reputation.
We’re asking you to throw away those connotations because, at Canary Claims, we’re different. But how?
- We are regulated by the Claims Management Regulator
- We have over a decade of experience with PPI claims
- We never cold call people
- We will never ask for money upfront
- We have excellent Google reviews and testimonials
We know that when you successfully claim for PPI it’s your money. This is why we only take a small percentage of just 15% + VAT (18% total) of successful claims. This fee pays for the work we do on your behalf to contact various banks, chase them up and uncover any PPI in the first instance.
Think about it this way…
When you’re feeling lazy and can’t be bothered to cook, you’ll order a takeaway. When you don’t have time to clean your house but are having guests over, you might call a professional cleaner. These are both things you could do yourself, but for various reasons, you decide to call an expert to do it for you.
How do you find the best local takeaway? You look for one which is reliable, good at what it does and provides great value for money. Using Canary Claims is exactly the same!
As a trusted PPI claims company, we really are the best in the business.
We will send you a full copy of our terms and conditions so you know exactly what we’ll do for you and what you can expect. Our website also has a frequently asked questions section allowing you to find out more about us, and where we answer common queries relating to a claim.
Canary Claims is committed to getting you the money you’re owed. Don’t just take our word for it, read our client testimonials from those who we’ve helped with their PPI claims.
Even if you decide to claim PPI yourself, we encourage you to do it soon. In 2019 we anticipate an influx of new claims, meaning the banks will be extremely busy as the deadline nears. You don’t want to miss out on your opportunity to reclaim PPI.
Missing some of your paperwork? Don’t have time to make a claim? Canary Claims offers one of the lowest fees for PPI claims at just 15% + VAT (18% total). Find out if you had PPI today and join thousands of other happy customers.