The bank wrote to Zhang explaining that it would be legally obliged to pay the rates if the council issued such a demand. It would take the amount it had to pay from his account.
Zhang contacted his bank to discuss his financial situation and the rates arrears. The bank approved a $500 overdraft, but was not prepared to lend any more. Zhang made a small payment towards the arrears. The council issued a demand on the bank to pay the balance. The bank did so and debited the amount from Zhang’s account.
Zhang complained that the bank had debited his account without notice or consultation. He said he had been in negotiations with the council. We reviewed his account’s terms and conditions. They gave the bank authority to debit the account for money owed to it. Having received the demand to pay the remaining rates, the bank was obliged to do so.
Zhang accepted our explanation, but felt the bank could have communicated with him better. We found the bank had told him what would happen, and could not, therefore, agree.Print this page