Important amendments to the Regulation on Consumer Credit and Mortgage Credit (“the Regulation) were adopted in April 2018 by means of Decision no. 27 of the Supervisory Council of the Bank of Albania. These changes will enter into force on 1 June 2018.
The amendments introduce new concepts and significant changes to the existing provisions for pre-contractual information, contractual information and the right to convert the credit currency.
Introduction of “tying practice” and “bundling practice”
The amendments include the following two new definitions:
Under the amendments, the bank is prohibited to offer a tying practice to consumers but is allowed to offer a bundling practice to its customers.
Collateral and currency changes as part of pre-contractual information
Article 6 of the Regulation sets out that before a consumer is bound by any credit agreement, the Bank shall provide the consumer with the written information needed to compare different offers in order to take an informed decision on whether to conclude a credit agreement. In addition to the information specified in Article 6 such as the type of credit, the duration of the credit agreement, the effective interest rate, etc., the bank should also include the following information:
The right to convert the credit currency
The amendments to the Regulation present a new right for consumers to request the conversion of the currency into the currency in which they generate their income. The conversion can be done, subject to the bank’s agreement, based on the results of the bank’s most recent analysis or assessment on the currency in which the consumer generates income.
In case of conversion of the credit currency into the currency in which the income is generated, the exchange rate at which the conversion of the credit currency will be made shall be the official exchange rate of the bank on the day the conversion is executed, unless otherwise specified in the credit agreement.
The amended provision also sets out obligations for the bank to notify the consumer for credits disbursed in a currency other than the currency in which the consumer generates their income, where, as a result of the exchange rate change, the value of the installments increases by more than 20% from the value that would have resulted if the exchange rate at the signing date of the agreement had been applied.
Collateral and currency changes as part of contractual information
In addition to the information specified in Article 7 of the Regulation such as the type of credit, credit maturity term, purpose of credit, etc., the bank shall also include in the credit agreement provisions relating to:
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