Loans like Likely Loans

Likely Loans specialises in offering loans to those with a less-than-perfect credit history.

Warning: Late repayment can cause you serious money problems. For help, go to moneyhelper.org.uk.

Please note: High-cost short-term credit is unsuitable for sustained borrowing over long periods and would be expensive as a means of longer-term borrowing.

Important: Likely Loans has been replaced by Finio Loans. You can compare alternative personal loans.

NameRepresentative APRLoan amounts
Likely Loans Personal Loan Likely Loans Personal Loan 59.9% £500.00 to £5,000.00 Check eligibility
Norwich Trust Limited Unsecured Homeowner Loan Norwich Trust Limited Unsecured Homeowner Loan 27.9% £3,000.00 to £20,000.00 More info
Bamboo Personal Loan Bamboo Personal Loan 49.7% £2,000.00 to £15,000.00 Check eligibility
Amigo Guarantor Personal Loan Amigo Guarantor Personal Loan 49.9%. £1,000.00 to £10,000.00 More info
Savvy Personal Loan Savvy Personal Loan 1289.3%. £300 to £1,200 More info
Everyday Loans Personal Loan Everyday Loans Personal Loan 99.9% £1,000.00 to £15,000.00 Check eligibility

How do specialist lenders work?

For those who feel let down by mainstream lenders, either because they don’t meet eligibility criteria or because their credit history is less than perfect, specialist lenders including Likely Loans (named to suggest a better likelihood of approval) can provide invaluable access to finance.

You don’t have to be a homeowner or have perfect credit to get approved for its loans, and soft-searching processes mean that you can find out whether or not you’re eligible without affecting your credit record.

With an emphasis on building or rebuilding a positive credit history, specialist lenders typically assess applicants on how affordable a loan would be rather than on their credit rating.

The downside, however, is that due to the higher risk these loans represent to the lender, realistically, interest rates are likely to be significantly higher. To reduce risk levels, some lenders will ask for a guarantor – that’s a friend or relative of the borrower (who typically needs to have good credit) who promises to step in if the borrower fails to make a repayment on time.

Alternative lending

There are a few innovative new lenders such as Drafty, that offer alternative takes on short term borrowing for less-than-perfect credit scores. Drafty was primarily designed to help people avoid expensive unauthorised overdraft fees.

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