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Personal loans cannot be transferred to another person, because these loans are determined based on your unique credit score and your list of available sources of income. Some types of personal loans, such as signature loans, require your signature and use your promise to pay as collateral.

What Happens When You Do Not Repay Your Personal Loan?

When you do not pay back a personal loan, particularly a signature loan, your credit score takes a major hit. Your lender can send the loan to a collection agency, which will make your life very stressful, and report your default to the three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

A loan default stays on your credit score for seven years after the final payment date. To prevent long repayment periods, a lender can include a set-off clause in the personal loan contract. A set-off clause allows the lender to seize your funds from a specific bank account.

What Happens When You Have a Co-Signer or Guarantor?

The only instance in which another person can become liable for the remaining balance of your personal loan is when you take out the loan with a co-signer or guarantor.

Co-signers are every bit as legally responsible for the personal loan as the person to whom the loan is issued. While lenders need to prove they pursued the primary borrower extensively before contacting the guarantor, a guarantor is still responsible for any unpaid balances.

A borrower cannot transfer the responsibility of his personal loan. However, by defaulting on his personal loan, he makes his co-signer or guarantor liable for unpaid balances.

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