Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Houston Closer to Tightening Restrictions on Short Term Loans

Payday and title loan operators may soon find it more difficult to lend money in Houston.  The Houston Chronicle reports, Mayor Annise Parker let the controversial business owners know she considers their business practices harmful to the city's hard working citizens.  Parker rejected a compromise between the city and the industry.  The full Houston City Council is prepared to vote in December on regulations that mirror those passed in other major cities in Texas.

Despite seemingly wide spread opposition to the industry across Texas, state lawmakers have consistently failed to pass meaningful reforms to limit the predatory loans.  We hear from workers daily who have fallen into the payday/ title loan trap.

    "Often just one loan begins a snowball effect that only deepens a consumer's financial frustrations," says San Antonio Bankruptcy Attorney, Gerald Moton.
     "The types of loans do much more harm than good and more regulations are long overdue."

When consumers become overwhelmed with short term loans and trapped in the cycle of debt, bankruptcy can offer a fresh start.  Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy offer consumers protection from these types of creditors.
     "Relief is probably the most common emotion my clients who were struggling with these types of predatory loans feel after they file for bankruptcy.  The fleecing of their pay checks stops and they get a fresh start,"  Moton adds.

If you or someone you know if struggling with debt,  bankruptcy might be a helpful option.  Click here for a free evaluation.

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