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17 June 2021

ASB repays $8.9m to customers

Bank warned by Commerce Commission after overcharging customers millions of dollars.

ASB Bank is repaying $8.9 million to customers who were overcharged fees when they repaid loans early.

More than 48,000 early repayment fees were overcharged to ASB customers who terminated their fixed-rate term loans early between April 2005 and December 2016. The majority of these were home loans.

The Commerce Commission warned ASB its behaviour is likely to have breached responsible lending rules. The commission also considers the bank is likely to have breached the Fair Trading Act by making false or misleading representations about its right to charge the incorrect fees.

ASB began repaying customers in July 2020. Customers will be refunded the amount they were overcharged together with interest.

The commission said some customers were undercharged, but the bank won’t be claiming back money from these customers.

ASB reported the overcharging to the commission. The bank signed court enforceable undertakings this month, setting out how it will repay affected customers.

It’s the not the first time ASB has had to compensate customers.

In May, ASB agreed to repay $8.1 million to borrowers after admitting it breached responsible lending rules.

In our latest bank satisfaction survey, ASB scored the lowest for overall satisfaction.

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Alistair Rowe
20 Jun 2021
Simple can be made difficult

I was operating my late mother's affairs under an enduring power of attorney. Her bank was ASB which seemed have turned making things that could be simple difficult into an art-form eg: as attorney, I could initiate transactions on line, but couldn’t access a bank statement on line - even though the paper bank statements came to my address etc etc. Shifting the proceeds of a maturing deposit to a different institution was really difficult and so on.

Rodney F.
19 Jun 2021
Mistakes are easy to make with changing and complex laws

At least the bank reported the error themselves. Some of the laws are complex and easy to genuinely misinterpret. I have been caught out for an innocent mistake that did not involve misleading customers but did not quite tick all the boxes.

Adriaan
19 Jun 2021
THEFT

SURELY THESE WHITE COLLAR THEIVES SHOULD BE TAKEN TO COURT AND PUNISHED ACCORDINGLY.

Leanne Robinson
19 Jun 2021
Have to ask?

We got charged a sizeable fee during this time that I resented at the time, but accepted we must be obligated to pay. Do we rely on ASB to contact us if we were one of these customers or should we pursue them?

Frank - Consumer staff
21 Jun 2021
Re: Have to ask?

Hi Leanne,

If you think you’re an affected customer but haven’t yet heard from ASB, we’d recommend getting in touch with the bank and asking it to confirm whether or not you were overcharged.

Kind regards,
Frank - Consumer NZ staff

Richard T.
19 Jun 2021
Culture in ASB needs to change

Clearly ASB can be viewed as a bunch of crooks.
Their offences are serious and show a culture from the top indifferent to customers.
These serous offences just should not happen with good systems and management scrutiny and accountability.
Customers beware of ASB!!