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John Lawson
Last Updated: 17 Jun 2020
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Equity Release Council

Who are the Equity Release Council?

The Equity Release Council is a self-regulated non-profit organisation that safeguards the interests of homeowners and specialises in all things equity release-related. It was initially recognised as Safe Home Income Plans, or SHIP until it was re-launched in 2012 and broadened its reach from equity release providers to financial advisers. Its roles include:

  • Offering you all the information you might demand on equity release and its products.
  • Protecting the consumer using or considering taking out an equity release.
  • Raising awareness on how equity release might be an ideal option after retirement.
  • Representing over 180 member firms and over 500 people in the equity release industry, from financial advisers and lenders to representatives and surveyors.

Its members also have to abide by a strict code of conduct:

  • Loanee have a right to remain in the habitation for life.
  • Loanee will be offered clear, concise paperwork which includes all setup bills and changes in residence values.
  • The consumer’s representative preference steers any legal work. Then he signs a certificate stating that the plan has been clarified and its clients comprehend the risks.
  • The client can move their plan to another property without penalties.
  • Equity Release Certificate defines the cost to the client’s asset and estate.
  • Equity Release carries a “NO NEGATIVE EQUITY GUARANTEE.”
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John advises business, individuals, and organisations on pension planning. As you’ve probably realised by now, we’re invested in helping people like yourself understand a little bit more about how equity release options work.
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