The Vermont Statutes Online
Chapter 073 : LICENSED LENDERS, MORTGAGE BROKERS, MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS, SALES FINANCE COMPANIES, AND LOAN SOLICITATION COMPANIES(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 2230)
§ 2230. Rate of interest
(a) Every licensee may charge, contract for, and receive thereon interest, calculated according to the actuarial method as set forth in 9 V.S.A. § 41a(d), not exceeding the rates permitted by 9 V.S.A. chapter 4, except that the rate of interest on loans secured by motor vehicles, mobile homes, travel trailers, aircraft, watercraft and farm equipment may not exceed the rate permitted by 9 V.S.A. § 41a(b)(4).
(b) Interest may be charged, contracted for, and received at the single annual percentage rate that would earn the same interest as the graduated rates when the loan is paid according to its agreed terms and the calculations are made according to the actuarial method. Interest shall not be paid, deducted, received, or added to principal in advance, except that the advance collection of interest for a period not to exceed 30 days shall be permitted upon the origination of a mortgage loan. Except for loans made pursuant to section 2216 of this title, the maximum interest permitted on loans made under this chapter shall be computed on the basis of the number of days actually elapsed. For the purpose of these computations, a year is any period of 365 consecutive days and 366 days during a leap year.
(c) No licensee shall induce or permit any person jointly or severally to become obligated, directly or contingently or both, under more than one contract of loan made under this section at the same time, for the purpose of obtaining a higher rate of interest than would otherwise be permitted by law.
(d) This section shall not apply to commercial loans. (Amended 1969, No. 243 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1979, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. April 30, 1980; 1981, No. 26, § 1; 1981, No. 89, § 5, eff. May 13, 1981; 1983, No. 35,§§ 5, 9; 1995, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 30, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; 2009, No. 29, § 1.)