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CURRENT ACCOUNT SWITCH SERVICE

The Current Account Switch Service is the stress-free way for customers, small businesses, charities and trusts to switch current accounts from one bank or building society to another.

Backed by the Current Account Switch Guarantee, the service aims to increase competition on the high street and support new banks in the current account marketplace.

"We are pleased to be able to offer the Current Account Switch Service, this will enhance our continued commitment to offering a relationship focussed service to customers, which is the cornerstone of our business strategy."
Satyajeet Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Habib Bank Zurich plc.

Read the recent Press Release.

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Switch on your terms

With the Current Account Switch Service, you can choose a switch date to suit you. Just make sure you allow a minimum of seven working days.

Simple and stress-free

The new account provider transfers any existing balance and all existing payment arrangements for you – including those going out (for example Direct Debits and standing orders), those coming in (for example, your salary) and payees you already have set up.

The vast majority of UK banks and building societies are on board

This means over 99% of UK current accounts are covered by the Current Account Switch Guarantee.

The switching process is the same everywhere

Every bank and building society offering the service follows exactly the same switch process.

Payments are automatically redirected

Any regular payments made to or requested from your old account will be automatically redirected to your new account. We will also contact the sender and give them your new account details.

That means there’s no need to worry about missing payments.

Backed by a Guarantee

In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your switch, your new provider will refund any interest (paid or lost) or charges incurred on your old or new account as a result.

A single point of contact

The whole process will be handled by the bank or building society you are switching to. If you have any questions or concerns, just ask your new provider.

Switching your account to HBZ is easy and simple. Follow the instructions below to begin the process.

Step 1: Before you switch

Check you’re able to switch

The Current Account Switch Service covers 99% of UK current accounts. The process is the same everywhere so you can feel confident when you switch, no matter which participating bank or building society you choose. You’ll find all the participating banks and building societies here.

HOWEVER, YOU CAN'T SWITCH WITH:

  • A joint account without the permission of both parties
  • Saving accounts
  • ISAs
  • Non-sterling payment accounts

Find a new account

Think about how you use your current account to find the best one for you. You'll find useful advice at websites such as the Money Advice Service, moneysupermarket.com, Money Saving Expert and uSwitch.

Check your eligible

Check your eligible for the current account you want to switch to. Common eligibility examples include having a minimum number of Direct Debits, and a set amount entering the account each month. You'll also need to agree any overdraft facilities you require with them before initiating the switch (subject to eligibility status).

Step 2: Getting ready

Review your existing payments

Go through your payments – if there are any you no longer use or want, it makes sense to cancel them rather than switch them to your new bank account.

Gather your documentation

Your transaction history on your old account won’t be transferred through the Current Account Switch Service. If you’d like your old statements get in touch with your old bank.

Choose your switch date

To make things easier, you can choose a switch date to suit you. Just make sure you allow seven working days for the switch to take place and that your chosen date isn't a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday.

You can continue to use your old account up until your agreed switch date. This includes any use of your cards, online banking, or mobile banking. However, you should not set up new payments such as Direct Debits and standing orders on your old account during the seven working days leading up to your agreed switch date. This is because these will not be transferred across to your new bank or building society.

Start your switch

To start your switch, ask your new bank or building society to move your old account using the Current Account Switch Service. If you have agreed an overdraft facility with your new provider, then you may transfer any existing overdraft to the new account.*

* Overdraft agreements are based on individual circumstances. Speak to your new bank or building society to find out more.

Before your switch, you'll need to agree to the 'Current Account Switch Agreement' and the 'Current Account Closure Instruction', both provided by your bank or building society, before the switch can go ahead.

The whole process will be handled by the bank or building society you are switching to, and they'll let you know when the switch has started and when the switch has been completed.

Any payments sent to your old account by mistake will be indefinitely redirected to your new one, if required, ensuring none of your regular payments will be adversely affected because of a switch.

Know your rights

Thanks to the Guarantee, if there are any problems with payments as a result of the switching process, you can be confident that your new bank or building society will correct them.

Read the Current Account Switch Guarantee to find out more about how you are covered.

Step 3: On your switch date

Start using your new account

On your agreed switch date your new account will be ready to use and your old account will be closed. Your new bank will have transferred all of your regular incoming payments (such as your salary or benefits) and outgoing payments (such as Direct Debits, standing orders, future dated payments and bill payments) to your new account, along with any remaining credit balance. Your saved Payee details will also be transferred over. Note: future dated payments set up within 7 working days of your switch date cannot be transferred across to your new account.

Step 4: After your switch date

If anything has gone wrong

In the unlikely event that anything goes wrong, your new bank or building society guarantees to refund any interest and charges you incur as a result of a delayed or incorrect switch. It’s all part of the Current Account Switch Guarantee.

In order to help you with your switch related queries, please reach out to us via the following methods:

 
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