The Australian Consumer Law (“ACL”), as contained at Schedule Two of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 may be one of your protections in claims relating to Mortgages. The ACL may enable remedies in response to conduct such as:
- Unconscionable conduct which is, amongst other things, an abuse of superior bargaining power in dealings;
- Unfair contract terms in standard form contracts;
- Misleading or deceptive conduct;
- False representations; and
- Other unfair practices such as pyramid selling.
In relation to mortgages in particular, section 18 contains protections against Misleading and Deceptive Conduct and section 23 contains protections against unfair terms in standard term contracts.
Misleading and Deceptive Conduct, as outlined in section 18, states “(1) A person must not, in trade or commerce, engage in conduct that is misleading or deceptive or is likely to mislead or deceive.”
The protection against unfair terms may also benefit consumers against unfair conduct on the part of the mortgagor. These are terms that are unreasonably beneficial to the mortgagor, for example, that only the mortgagor can terminate the contract.
If you feel that you may have been induced to enter a standard form mortgage through Misleading and Deceptive Conduct, and have subsequently suffered through unfair contract terms, we recommend that you contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of our Mortgage & Caveat Dispute Solicitors in our Sydney office. By appointment, we can also arrange a time for you to see one of our lawyers at a branch office. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab.
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