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Item Lending is a feature released on 14 July 2008 that allows all players (free and members) to lend their items to friends for up to 24 hours, or until either player logs out. Jagex first announced the development of Item Lending on the 17th of December, 2007 in its Future Changes to Recent Updates article.

On 29 July 2008, Item Lending was updated so that players needed to send a trade request to lend an item. Doing this will open the trade interface, where players can right-click on an item and choose to "Lend" it. This update was introduced by Jagex to prevent players from scams via trust trading.



To lend an item to a player, one player needs to send a trade request to the other. Once the trade interface is open, the item can be lent by right-clicking and choosing the "Lend" option. This will put the item into the "Loan" box, showing the item is kept by the player.

The default loan duration is "Until log-out", but this can be changed by clicking on the button and typing the desired duration (between 1–24 hours) for the loan. If the player wished to lend the item until either player logs off, the duration should be set to "0" (zero) or click until it says "Until Logout".

After setting the duration, both players need to accept the "trade", and the item will be transferred to the other player. Some players rent certain rare items (ex. godswords and party hats) and may make a considerable amount of money from it, and renting may even end up paying for the item after a few hundred "rents."

The player being lended to will get a warning a minute before the item is returned, and one when the item is returned.

Note that only one item can be lent at a time.

North of the Grand Exchange (Worlds 2 and 6) is widely regarded as the "item lending" area. For free players, the best item lending/borrowing area is the Grand Exchange entrance on World 1.


When an item is offered in the trade interface, the lent item will appear in the "Loan" box and the loan duration will be shown just below the item. The borrower may choose to lend another item in return, or offer coins for the loan of the item. However, this is not required, as the item can be borrowed for free. Once both players have accepted the trade, the item will be lent to the borrower.

NOTE: When borrowing an item, to find out how long you have left before the item is returned, unequip the item and use the discard option. The result will display in a dialogue over the conversation pane.

NOTE: The coins (or other items) used for Item Lending will NOT be refunded when the item being borrowed is returned to its original owner.

WARNING: The item being borrowed will be protected above all other items, even if the item is lower in terms of value compared to other items. If the player is unable to retain any items (i.e skulled), then the item is returned to the lender.


Trade limits

Main article: Trade limit

The trade limit will not be affected if the item is lent for free. However, if coins (or other items) are offered in exchange, all items but those being lent will count towards the trade limit.


Players may discard an item (unwield, right-click and discard) that is no longer required. A dialogue box will appear to show the remaining time and also give the option to discard the borrowed item. Should a player go ahead and discard it, the item disappears as if it has been returned back to its owner, as it is no longer retrievable for the remaining time. However, even on the retrieve item screen, the lending player is not informed if an item as been discarded or not and therefore even if it is discarded, the lending player is still unable to retrieve the item until the full time is up.


Item lending return box

Chatting with the banker will enable the collection of borrowed items, similar to the collection from the Grand Exchange. The option to choose is "I'd like to see my Returned Items box." Doing this will bring up an interface that shows the borrowed item which needs to be collected.

With the Item Lending update, items may be collected from wandering bankers such as those outside minigames like Bounty Hunter and Fist of Guthix. Note: You can now retrieve your lent items from the Duel arena travelling banker, which in the past was not possible.

When lending items out for a specific duration of time, you will NOT get your item back under any circumstances until the specified time limit is over. If you choose the "Demand" option on the item in your Returned Items box, you will be told how much time is remaining until you can retrieve your lent item. This is also the case if the borrowing player 'Discards' the item before the time is up; you still have to wait for the full duration.

If you choose to "Demand" your item while it is lent until logout, then you can regain your item immediately.

Unfortunately, you cannot retrieve your lent items from bank chests.

Using an item on the rightful owner also returns the item. This only works for "until log out" situations, and will return the item directly to the inventory.


Bounty Hunter, PvP worlds and Free For All Dangerous are the only places lent items cannot be taken into.

Some of the places items cannot be lent or borrowed in are:

However, if you wish you may take a lent item into a PvP or Bounty Hunter world and keep it in your bank, but this has no effect and is not commonly done.


Item symbol

Item symbol.

All borrowed items have a red symbol added to the item, to differentiate between the borrowed item and the other regular items and also to prevent players claiming the borrowed item as theirs.

Borrowed item Regular item
Notice the red symbol on the Santa hat. File:Santa hat.PNG





  • There is a rumor that, in the initial hours of release, players found out they could dismantle godswords into a blade and hilt, with only the blade returning to the owner.
  • Any two players with similar rare items (e.g. partyhats, h'ween masks, and Santa hats) who wish to safely take their rares into a dangerous area may take advantage of the Item Lending system to help them keep their items safe. They are able to lend each other their rares, and if either of them die they will save the rare over all other items.
  • If a player tries to cast Alchemy on a borrowed item, a message will appear saying "That's not your property."
  • The icon for a borrowed item used to overlap the item, now the item overlaps the icon.
  • Sometimes it happens when a player has borrowed an item only the red icon would appear, not the item's image, if you logg out and back in everything should be normal agian.


See also


This article uses material from the "Item Lending" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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