2016 Tennessee Code
Title 45 - Banks and Financial Institutions
Chapter 15 - Title Pledges
§ 45-15-111. Rate of interest and charges -- Consumer notification and disclosure form.

TN Code § 45-15-111 (2016) What's This?

(a) A title pledge lender shall contract for and receive an effective rate of interest not to exceed two percent (2%) per month; additionally, the title pledge lender may charge, contract for, and receive a customary fee to defray the ordinary costs of operating a title pledge office, including, but not limited to, investigating the title, appraising the titled personal property, insuring the personal property when in the physical possession of the title pledge lender, documenting and closing the title or property pledge transaction, making required reports to local law enforcement officials, for all other services provided by the title pledge lender, advertising, for losses on title pledge or property pledge transactions, salaries, and for all other expenses incurred by the title pledge lender except those in subsection (b). The fee shall not be deemed interest for any purpose of law, and the fee may equal no more than one fifth (1/5) of the original principal amount of the title pledge agreement or property pledge agreement, or of the total unpaid balance due at the inception of any renewal of the agreement. The interest and fees shall be deemed to be earned, due and owing as of the date of the title pledge agreement or property pledge agreement and a like sum shall be deemed earned, due and owing on the same day of each subsequent thirty-day period.

(b) Title pledge lenders may assess and collect, as reimbursement, a repossession charge not to exceed the actual amount charged by any company or companies, attorney or attorneys and/or contractor or contractors to repossess the titled personal property and deliver the titled personal property to the storage facility of the title pledge lender.

(c) Notwithstanding ยง 45-1-104, or any other law to the contrary, in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, the department of financial institutions shall promulgate rules requiring each title pledge lender to issue a standardized consumer notification and disclosure form in compliance with federal truth-in-lending laws prior to entering into any property pledge agreement or title pledge agreement wherein the pledged goods will consist of, or include, one (1) or more motor vehicles titled by this or any other state. The required style, content and method of executing the form shall be specifically prescribed by the rules and shall be designed to ensure that the pledgor, prior to entering into the agreement, receives and acknowledges an accurate and complete notification and disclosure of the itemized and total amounts of all interest, fees, charges and other costs that will or potentially could be imposed as a result of the agreement.

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