Often when people take out a mortgage, their bank asks them to obtain mortgage insurance. But this doesn’t protect the borrower, it protects the bank. When a property is sold and there is a mortgage shortfall, the bank claims on the insurance policy and the insurer then chases the borrower for the mortgage shortfall debt.
We were recently referred a client who was being pursued for a debt by Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd (‘Timbercorp’). The debt totalled over $130,000 including interest, which was continuing to accrue.