Getting started - Mortgage stress
Some of the definitions used in this guide
- You are the borrower or mortgagor.
- The word ‘lender’ is used in this guide to describe who you owe your loan repayments to (for example, your bank or credit union). The lender might also be called the ‘financial service provider’, ‘mortgagee’ or ‘credit provider’.
- If the lender starts court proceedings against you, you are 'the defendant’ and the lender is 'the plaintiff’.
- If judgment is entered against you, you are called 'the judgment debtor’ and the lender is 'the judgment creditor’.
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