More Regulations Needed for Payday Loan Companies
You see them on almost every street, in every strip mall, and all over the internet. You hear about them on the radio and see their commercials on television all the time. Payday loan companies are, despite the constant bad press, booming in Canada. While they claim to help those who think they have very few financial options, what they are actually doing is making that individual’s financial situation worse!
Payday loans are dangerous – there is no doubt about it.
A payday loan is a short-term, high-interest loan that’s advertised as a convenient option to make up a financial shortfall between paycheques. However, what they don’t advertise is that, when you take out a payday loan, you usually end up getting more pain than you bargained for.
Various news outlets have continued to warn consumers about the dangers of payday loans and push for change within the industry, and the changes are starting to come.
According to the Toronto Star, back in January the Ontario government made moves to help consumers being preyed upon by payday lenders. New regulations “lowered the cost of a payday loan from $21 to $18 charged on a $100 loan.” However, as noted, “while an $18 fee on $100 of borrowed money may seem like a manageable sum, when annualized the interest rates these payday lenders are charging is 469 per cent.”
The city of Hamilton has also stepped up, becoming the first region in Ontario to regulate payday lenders in a major way. Now, payday loan companies in Hamilton are required to “pay a licensing fee, post the annualized interest rates they are charging (compared to the chartered bank’s rate of interest), and require staff at payday loan outlets to provide city-sanctioned information on credit counselling services.”
These are definitely steps in the right direction. Still, those fees and interest rates can quickly add up, making repayment very difficult.
If you’re one of the thousands of Canadians currently trying to figure out a way to climb out of a hole created by a continuous renewal of a payday loan, we can help. Stop struggling. We can sit down with you and work out a strategy to get those payday loans off the table and help you create a budget to better meet your monthly financial obligations.
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Source: Toronto Star, “Time for Ontario to ban predatory payday loan operators: Opinion,” https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/03/03/time-for-ontario-to-ban-predatory-payday-loan-operators-opinion.html.