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Title 8: Banking and Insurance

Chapter 73: LICENSED LENDERS

8 V.S.A. § 2233. Charges; loan solicitation; specialized financing



§ 2233. Charges; loan solicitation; specialized financing

(a) Other than a mortgage broker fee pursuant to section 2219 of this title, no person who is required to be licensed under this chapter, shall directly or indirectly charge, contract for, or receive any interest, discount, consideration or charge greater than is authorized by section 41a or 46 of Title 9. No such loan for which a greater rate of interest, finance charge, consideration or charges than is authorized by section 41a or 46 of Title 9 has been charged, contracted for, or received shall be enforced in this state, and every person in any way participating therein in this state shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter. However, any loan legally made in any state which then had in effect a regulatory loan law similar in principle to this chapter may be enforced in this state only to the extent of collecting the principal amount owed and interest thereon at a rate not greater than that authorized by section 41a or 46 of Title 9.

(b) A loan solicited or made by mail, telephone, or electronic means to a Vermont resident shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter notwithstanding where the loan was legally made. No person shall engage in the business of soliciting or making loans by mail, telephone, or electronic means to residents of this state unless duly licensed. Such licensee shall be subject to the applicable provisions of this title and chapters 4, 59, and 61 of Title 9, but shall not be required to have or maintain a place of business in the state.

(c) No person other than a depository institution, pawnbroker, insurance company, or seller of merchandise or services shall engage in specialized financing, including tuition plans or other such financing, but not including insurance premium financing, for residents of this state unless duly licensed. Such licensee shall be subject to the applicable provisions of this title and chapters 4, 59, and 61 of Title 9, but shall not be required to maintain a place of business in this state. Such financing may include more than one loan per borrower. A license granted to such lenders shall be explicit in its authority with respect to the types of business permitted. (Amended 1969, No. 243 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1975, No. 76; 1979, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 10, eff. April 30, 1980; 1983, No. 77, § 2; 1995, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 33, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; 2009, No. 29, § 1.)