Complaints Handling Policy
It is the policy of Northeast Financial, LLC (“Northeast Financial”) to respond to all customer issues, disputes and complaints quickly, decisively and accurately. Northeast Financial will make every effort to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to each complaint.
The policy is designed to provide guidance on the manner in which Northeast Financial handles complaints made against the company, its business partners and employees.
WHAT IS A COMPLAINT?
A complaint, as defined by this Policy, is defined as follows:
- An expression of dissatisfaction made to the company, related to our products and services, or the complaint-handling process itself, where a response or resolution is explicitly or implicitly expected.
Any complainant who is dissatisfied with a product or service provided by Northeast Financial or one of its business partners, for any reason, may contact the company to complain. We have determined that best, fastest method of complaint transmittal is by email, but verbal and written complaints will be processed and given the same level of consideration as email.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE COMPLAINTS HANDLING
- Visibility – Our Complaints Handling Policy is readily available on our website at www.Northeast-Mortgage.com
- Accessibility – Our Complaints Handling Policy is readily accessible to all business partners, employees and customers. The Policy is easy to understand and includes details on making and resolving complaints.
- Responsiveness – When received via email, receipt of each complaint is acknowledged to the complainant immediately. Complaints will be treated courteously and kept informed of the progress of their complaint throughout the complaint-handling process.
- Objectivity – Each complaint is addressed in an equitable, objective and unbiased manner through the complaints-handling process.
- Charges – There will be no charge to the complainant for making a complaint.
- Confidentiality – Personally identifiable information (“PII”) and non-public information (“NPI”) concerning the complainant is actively protected from disclosure unless the complainant expressly consents to its disclosure.
- Customer-focused approach – All business partners and employees are committed to efficient and fair resolution of complaints. We actively solicit feedback from our customers on a regular basis and acknowledge a customer’s right to complain.
- Accountability – All business partners and employees accept responsibility for effective complaints handling. The Compliance Officer will ensure that, where appropriate, issues raised in the complaints handling process are reflected in partner and employee performance evaluation.
- Continual Improvement – Our complaints handling process will be reviewed periodically, and at least annually, to aim to enhance its efficient delivery of effective outcomes.
HANDLING A COMPLAINT
Email is the optimum method of complaint transmission. Complaints should be sent to our dedicated complaint email address at: [email protected]
As noted above, complainants will immediately receive receipt of their complaint. Complaints may also be submitted by writing or by telephone at:
Northeast Financial, LLC
48 Meriden Rd, Suite 1
Middlefield, CT 06455
WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED WHEN MAKING A COMPLAINT?
When making a complaint, please provide the following information:
- Your name and contact information. Please include the legal name of your business along with an email address and daytime telephone number where we may reach you.
- Your relationship with Northeast Financial. Please specify whether you are an applicant or current customer.
- The name of your Northeast Financial contact person. Please let us know who you’ve been working with at the company. If you have been working with a broker, please provide the name of the broker.
- The nature of your complaint. Please list the dates and a detailed description of the conduct giving rise to the complaint.
After reviewing the complaint, the Compliance Officer may contact you for additional information, including supporting documentation.
ASSISTANCE WITH MAKING A COMPLAINT
If you require assistance in formulating or lodging a complaint, please reach out to the Compliance Officer at the address and telephone number provided above.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COMPLAINTS AND RECORDS RETENTION
We are committed to acknowledging all complaints immediately upon receipt. Once a complaint has been received, we will undertake an initial review of the complaint.
We will endeavor to resolve complaints within 14 business days of receiving the complaint, but this will not be possible on all occasions. Where our review exceeds 14 business days, we will contact you to inform you of the reason for the delay, and indicate to you when we expect to be in a position to complete our review of the complaint.
Records of all complaints will be retained for no less than five (5) years. Records will include all dates of our communications with the complainant including the date of initial receipt, dates of all subsequent communications, and the date of final disposition.
YOUR RIGHTS DURING THE COMPLAINT PROCESS
You have the right to enquire as to the status of your complaint by sending an email to [email protected]. Someone will respond to your inquiry within 48-72 hours.
RESPONSE TO A COMPLAINT
Once we have reviewed the complaint, we will provide you with a written response. That written response will also be provided to the Managing Members of the firm. If you are dissatisfied with Northeast Financial’s response, you have the right to ask for reconsideration of the response by the Compliance Officer. Such a request should be made in writing and forwarded by email or by mail to the address provided above.