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Are you facing financial hardship and need support?

At Home Direct we understand that sometimes life events such as illness, unemployment or relationship breakdowns can lead to financial difficulty.

Any of our customers who are facing financial difficulty and think they may struggle to meet their debt repayments have two options. Firstly, they should talk to us as their lender as soon as possible to discuss their financial situation and we will see how we can help. Alternatively, they can make a Hardship Application to us.

In order to qualify for a Hardship Application, the borrower must meet certain criteria, apply to the lender in writing and specify the relief sought. If a borrower makes a hardship application, as a lender we must consider it and follow specific processes required by the CCCF Act.

The Commerce Commission has produced an excellent Fact Sheet which explains when a borrower may be able to apply changes to a consumer credit contract because they are facing hardship. It is designed to give both lenders and borrowers understanding of when a hardship application is appropriate and what types of changes can be made to a contract. Click here to gain a more complete understanding of Hardship Applications.


Process to Apply for a Hardship Application


To apply for a Hardship Application, the applicant must fill out a Hardship Application form and email the completed form to creditadmin@homedirect.co.nz. The Applicant must state in their application the reason or reasons for the unforeseen hardship. It may also help to include supporting information, such as a letter advising redundancy or doctor's certificate.



Click here to complete a Hardship Application Form and post or email the completed form to creditadmin@homedirect.co.nz.



Our full contact details are as follows:

 Call:  0800 427 334 | Mon - Fri 8am - 7pm
 Email:  creditadmin@homedirect.co.nz
 Postal:  Home Direct Limited
   PO Box 58349
   Botany
   Auckland 2163


Financial Support Policy

If you are feeling financial pressure and don't meet the specific criteria which qualifies you to make a Hardship Application, please contact one of our friendly and professional credit support team members on 0800 427 334 and we will discuss a range of options we have available to support you.


Other Options for Obtaining Financial Support


Financial Counselling

Financial Counselling is a valuable service that is offered at no cost by community organisations, community legal centres and some government agencies. Financial counselling hotline: 0508 283 438

Money Talks is a budgeting and financial capability helpline operated by FinCap. Their financial mentors offer free, confidential advice by phone, text, email and live chat.


Phone: 0800 345 123
Text: 4029
Email: help@moneytalks.co.nz
Live chat: www.moneytalks.co.nz

Click here to find a local budgeting service to you.

Gambling


We recognise that gambling is a growing issue and some of our customers may require assistance in controlling their gambling spend.

If you find yourself vulnerable to gambling and you would like to speak to someone from an independent organisation about your situation, please call Gambling Helpline 0800 654 655 or visit their website. https://www.gamblinghelpline.co.nz/



 
   Related Links:
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   FinCap website >
   Sorted website >
   Financial Services Complaints Limited >
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