What are the criteria for taking out a loan in Switzerland?

Who can take out a personal loan in Switzerland? What are the criteria for taking out a loan in Switzerland? Here you can find out which criteria, in addition to age, place of residence, and income, a
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  • Are permanently resident in Switzerland.

  • Have either Swiss citizenship or a residence permit (B, C, G, L).

  • Are at least 20 years old when the loan agreement is concluded and not older than 70 at the end of the term.

  • Have a regular income and adequate budget surplus.

  • Are in a position financially to repay the loan.


What are the criteria for taking out a loan in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, people looking to finance a "big-ticket" item often decide to take out a loan. According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, over 15% of the Swiss population take out a loan when they have to finance a vehicle. However, not everyone who applies for a loan is successful. In Switzerland, certain conditions need to be met before a personal loan can be granted.

What the Swiss Consumer Credit Act says:

Switzerland has strict rules when it comes to taking out loans that are subject to the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act. The primary objective is to protect the consumer from excessive debt. 

If the loan repayments are not within their monthly budget – which is drawn up and calculated in accordance with the statutory requirements – and there is a risk of excessive debt, loans cannot be granted to private individuals. This is defined in the Swiss Consumer Credit Act. In addition, the law states that the budget must show clearly that the individual is in a position to repay the loan amount as well as the interest due within 36 months. This also applies if a longer term has been agreed.

 

Your solvency therefore plays a role

The question of whether you are in a position to repay a loan within 36 months is generally decided based on the calculation of your credit limit. The credit limit is the financial framework or discretionary income you have left to spend after paying all your bills, multiplied by 36 months. This credit limit is offset against the financial burden of the requested loan (loan amount plus interest) due over a period of 36 months.

So when credit providers are checking your solvency, they take this discretionary income into account. In fact, credit intermediaries are required to do so under the Swiss Consumer Credit Act. You will therefore be asked about your net income, housing costs, as well as health insurance premiums. These costs will be taken as the basis for determining whether you can afford to take out a loan. 

When is it not possible to take out a loan?

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Additional requirements for taking out a loan

In addition to your personal solvency, other requirements need to be met in order to take out a loan. For example, the following conditions must be met in order to take out a loan with BANK-now:

  • You must be at least 20 years old.
  • You must have a permanent residence in Switzerland.
  • You must hold Swiss citizenship, a permanent residence permit C, or a B, L, or G residence permit.

If you have been the sole or joint owner of your home for at least six months, you will benefit from lower interest rates.

Learn more about our BANK-now loans here.

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