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Updated: Coronavirus and your loan

This blog was updated on 27th March to reflect the latest processes we’ve put in place to help borrowers affected by Coronavirus.

We’re living through troubling and uncertain times, and we know that lots of you are concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on your finances.

This might be because:

  • you or someone you care for is sick
  • you need to self-isolate
  • you work in a sector that has been or is likely to be hit by the economic disruption caused by the virus.

We’re here to help. Here’s some information for Zopa customers:

Our services are up and running and you can access your loan as usual via our app or website.

All our teams are now working remotely, even so, we’re very much still open. The health and wellbeing of our staff is a priority, to make sure they can continue to serve you, our customers, through this uncertain period.

That said, we hope you can understand our phonelines are busier than usual, so the best way to let us know if your financial circumstances have changed, is to fill out our simple online form with your details so we can find the right solution for you. Once received, one of our expert team will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

Worried you might miss a repayment?

If you’re concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on your Zopa loan, the important first step is to get in touch with us if you think you won’t be able to make your repayment.

The best way is to fill in this simple online form to let us know your current circumstances and we’ll get back to you with 3 days.

There are several options to get you back on track, for example, we can freeze or reduce your repayments for a while, to give you some breathing space until your income returns to normal. 

For the vast majority of people, a reduced payment plan is the best solution as you will continue to pay off the balance of your loan.  If you choose to freeze your payments, it’s important you’re aware that, at the end of the payment freeze, you’ll need to make up the missed payments over a maximum of 12 month period, but you won’t be charged any incremental interest.

In both cases, because of the current challenging situation, we won’t be reporting payment freezes or payment reduction agreements to credit reference agencies (CRAs), including Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, for the duration of your initial agreement. This means that your credit score won’t be impacted during this time.

Whichever option is right for you, we’ll do all we can to make the process as stress-free as possible and we’ll always let you know what’s happening so you can feel in control.

Helpful resources

We work closely with the following debt charities to make sure that our customers have access to good impartial advice and support. They offer lots of helpful information if you’re worried about your finances.

National Debtline: Call 0808 808 4000 Monday to Friday 9am-8pm.

StepChange: Call 0800 138 1111, Monday to Friday 8am-8pm or Saturday 8am-4pm.

There is also general advice available here

And helpful advice for small business owners here

Keeping your finances safe

Unfortunately, there have been reports of scams and people trying to take advantage of this situation, so make sure you remain vigilant to keep your finances safe. Check out the FCA‘s latest info on how they’re supporting consumers.

And of course, keep doing all the usual good stuff, like keeping your passwords safe and being on the lookout for scammers – we have a handy blog post on this.

If you need us, we’ll be here

You can contact us through live chat in the Zopa app or through the Support page where you can access our FAQs.

How to get started on the app:

  1. Click the button below to download the app

If you need us, we’ll be here

You can contact us through live chat in the Zopa app or through the Support page where you can access our FAQ’s.

How to get started on the app:

  1. Click the button below to download the app
  2. Enter your My Zopa email and password.   Forgotten your password? Reset it here
  3. Create a secure PIN. You can also use Touch ID or Face ID to log in
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In our 15 years we’ve seen a lot, including the 2007/8 recession. While this is an unexpected situation for everyone, we believe we have the experience, the tech and the people to adapt quickly and make the changes we need to continue to serve our customers through this uncertain period.

We’ll keep this page updated as the situation evolves. We ask all our customers to keep following government guidance which can be found here.