2016 Mississippi Code
Title 75 - Regulation of Trade, Commerce and Investments
Chapter 67 - Loans
Article 13 - Mississippi Credit Availability Act
§ 75-67-619. Fees and charges; method of computation [Repealed effective July 1, 2018]

MS Code § 75-67-619 (2016) What's This?

(1) Notwithstanding any other statutory limitation, a licensee authorized to provide credit availability transactions under this article may charge and collect fees and charges in a manner consistent with this section, and may take as security therefor any personal property that is not exempt or prohibited by state or federal law or regulations.

(2) (a) A licensee may charge and collect a monthly handling fee for services, expenses, and costs not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the outstanding principal balance of any credit availability account per month, or any portion thereof, for transactions of Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) or less. The handling fee shall not be deemed interest for any purpose of law.

(b) A licensee may charge and collect a monthly handling fee for services, expenses, and costs not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the outstanding principal balance of any credit availability account per month, or portion thereof, for transactions in excess of Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00). The handling fee shall not be deemed interest for any purpose of law.

(c) (i) In addition to the charges authorized under this subsection (2), a licensee may also charge and collect an origination fee in the amount of one percent (1%) of the amount disbursed to the account holder or Five Dollars ($ 5.00), whichever is greater, for costs associated with providing a credit availability transaction.

(ii) The origination fee shall not be deemed interest for any purpose of law.

(3) (a) No credit availability account created under subsection (2)(a) of this section shall have an outstanding principal balance in excess of Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) at any time.

(b) No credit availability account created under subsection (2)(b) of this section shall have an outstanding principal balance in excess of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($ 2,500.00) at any time.

(4) (a) Any credit availability account created under subsection (2)(a) of this section shall be a fully amortized loan, secured or unsecured, payable in equal payments of four (4) to six (6) months calculated on the amount initially disbursed to the account holder plus any fees that may be charged, in an amount and manner provided for under this article.

(b) Any credit availability account created under subsection (2)(b) of this section shall be a fully amortized loan, secured or unsecured, payable in equal payments of six (6) to twelve (12) months calculated on the amount initially disbursed to the account holder plus any fees that may be charged, in an amount and manner provided for under this article.

(5) In the event an account holder is delinquent in payment of a monthly payment under the terms of a credit availability agreement, the licensee may charge and collect from the account holder a late fee of ten percent (10%) of the past-due amount; provided, however, that no such late fee may be charged unless an account holder has failed to pay the past-due amount within ten (10) business days after the due date and provided that such fees are clearly disclosed in the credit availability agreement.

(6) In the event an account holder is in default under the terms of a credit availability agreement for more than sixty (60) days, the licensee may charge and collect from the account holder the following fees in connection with any such default, provided that such fees are clearly disclosed in the credit availability agreement:

(a) If the licensee is required to employ a third party, including an attorney, to collect on the account the licensee may:

(i) If the credit availability agreement so provides, charge and collect a reasonable collection fee and attorney's fee; and

(ii) If the credit availability agreement so provides, shall be entitled to recover from the account holder all court costs incurred and to recover any court-awarded damages, including those incurred on appeal.

(b) If applicable, the licensee may charge and collect from the account holder any fees and costs relating to the repossession and sale of collateral, including, but not limited to, fees and costs associated with the repossession, storage, preparation for sale and sale of collateral.

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