Leniency agreements generally involve unlocking and waiving rights against the lender. If the lender has violated the loan documents or is liable to the borrower for some other reason, it would require the borrower to release those claims as part of the deal. While leniency agreements may provide respite for refinancing or improving conditions, they are generally used by lenders to improve their position at the expense of the borrower. If, for example.B a spouse has a business that is a borrower under the loan and personally guarantees the loan, the bank may demand, in exchange for the leniency agreement, a security interest in that spouse`s home. Under Missouri law, assets jointly held by a couple are not only subject to the debts of one or the other. Therefore, if the business owner is married, his personal residence, if jointly titled, would be immune to the bank`s commercial credit collection efforts. As part of a leniency agreement, a lender may issue a letter of formal notice and a letter of intent to enforce security in accordance with Section 244 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada) (“BIA”). The 10-day notice before the warranty is applied for the duration of the leniency contract, provided for by Section 244 of the BIA, may thus be cancelled or expired. If an leniency event occurs, the lender would then be able to immediately ensure its security. For example, the leniency agreement may define the “standard” to include a “significant negative change” in the borrower`s financial situation. What exactly does this mean? Where possible, borrowers and guarantors must negotiate these vague clauses of the agreement or, at the very least, ensure that they are clearly defined. All leniency agreements include borrowers and/or guarantors who waive certain rights or real estate in exchange for additional time or other considerations. It is of the utmost importance that a borrower or guarantor fully understand the agreement before signing a leniency agreement.