4. Most common questions

  • How long are my funds committed for?

    Your funds are committed for the duration of the loan that you have selected for investment, including where the loan is extended. This means that it is not possible for an investor to resell or redeem their investments early. LendInvest will repay capital to investors after the loan is repaid by the borrower. The term may be extended with LendInvest’s agreement, or may be shortened if the borrower elects to repay early.

  • Why are loans commonly extended?

    Due to the commercial nature of bridging finance, extension requests are not uncommon and the reasons for the requests can be wide-ranging. The most typical reasons include:

    • Planning applications have taken longer than expected to obtain.
    • Refurbishment works have been unexpectedly delayed (eg the delivery of new windows is taking longer than expected).
    • The borrower is waiting to exchange on contracts where a sale has been agreed.
    • The borrower requires additional funds and/or time to complete his project (eg work to the building’s foundations was necessary but unforeseen at the time of applying for the loan).
    • The borrower is waiting for a new lender to complete their due diligence before refinancing the loan.
    • The buyer of the borrower’s property pulls out at the last moment, forcing the borrower to put the property back onto the market.
    • The new lender refinancing the property pulls out at the last moment, forcing the borrower to find another new lender.
  • When will I get my money back?

    On the same day (or the next business day if the payment is received after 3pm) that a borrower repays their loan to LendInvest, we will credit your online investor account, making these funds available to you to be invested in other available loans or withdrawn.

  • What are LendInvest's fees?

    We don’t charge fees to investors on our platform. We charge fees to our borrowers in line with our borrower charging policy. These fees can be paid directly by the borrower or added to the principal loan amount. LendInvest takes a margin between the interest rate paid by the borrower and the income paid to investors. The interest rate paid by the borrower is included in the receivables purchase agreement (RPA).

  • Can I include my LendInvest platform investments in my ISA or SIPP?

    The Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) scheme was introduced on 6 April 2016, but is not yet generally available. When the IFISA becomes available at LendInvest, we will let you know.

    Unfortunately, we do not accept funds from SIPPs, SSASs or company pension schemes. As soon as we are able to, we will send out notifications via email and update our blog.