A financial downfall often comes without warning, regardless of what stage of life you are in. If it happens when you are in your 50s, it is natural to wonder if you will get a personal loan at this age. Well, no financial institution is going to deny your request straight away. However, it is also true that the older you get, the more difficult it becomes to avail of such a loan; but it is not impossible either. Banks and financial institutions put forth certain terms and conditions for lending money to elderly people.

Things that banks consider:

  • Income
    Income is the most important factor that banks consider before sanctioning a loan. You need to have a regular flow of income. For those who have ceased to work, financial institutions consider pensions and savings.
  • Associated risks
    Often, banks find it more risky to provide loans to elderly people, mainly because they tend to suffer from age-related ailments. Banks need to ensure that they recover their money on time, even if a person is ill. Healthy and fit people have a higher probability of getting loans (MEDICAL NEEDED FOR LOANS?).
  • Other expenses
    In your old age, other than house and personal expenses, many other expenses arise. These include healthcare. Lenders scrutinise other expenses to figure out how they would impact the loan amount.
     

Eligibility

  • The maximum age limit to avail of a personal loan from any bank is 60 years.
  • If you are below 60 and want a loan, banks can grant you one based of the factors mentioned above.
  • If you are more than 60 years of age, it is quite tough to avail of a loan.
  • Minimum income requirements vary anywhere between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month.
     

You would need the following documents to get a loan:

  • Identity proof (voter ID card, driving license, passport).
  • Address proof (electricity bill, telephone bill, ration card).
  • Three-months bank statement.
  • Recent salary slips for employed individuals.
  • Two passport-sized photographs.
     

Availing a loan in your 50s may prove to be not so tough if you do your research on interest rates and other benefits, which vary from bank to bank. 

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