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The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department on Tuesday has warned banks and financial institutions against giving loans to individuals and companies without sufficient guarantees. Image Credit:

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has warned banks and financial institutions against giving loans to individuals and companies without sufficient guarantees, that would secure the ability of the borrower or his guarantor to pay back.

Failing to do so is a deemed violation of the requirements and controls regulating the granting of loans, which may result in the non-acceptance of cases filed by banks before the Abu Dhabi Courts.

The move comes in light of the noticeable increase in the number of disputes and claims filed by banks against individuals and companies. Considering a large number of these cases, ADJD courts have found that the guarantee provided by a borrower is not equal or proportional to the value of the loan, and in some cases, banks disburse money against the borrower’s guarantee or his identification papers only.

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Adhere to requirements

The Judicial Department warned banks of the need to adhere to the requirements for granting loans and to obtain adequate guarantees, ensuring thereby that borrowers have the financial ability to settle their loans. This comes following the established regulations that are subject to oversight and scrutiny by the regulatory authorities in the country.

In case of compliance with such regulations, claims filed before Abu Dhabi courts will be surely admitted, at the same time judgements issued against debtors will be easily enforced.

Legal responsibility

Banks and other financial institutions at the state level bear the legal responsibility, before providing any loans, to ensure the adequacy of loan applications, and that the creditor can repay it. To this end, they can use all available means for inquiry, taking into account that the size of the facility must match the creditor’s income.