Any lender who intentionally violates s. 138.053
is liable to the borrower for all excess interest collected, plus interest thereon at the rate of 5 percent per year. In addition, the borrower may recover actual damages, including incidental and consequential damages, sustained by reason of the violation.
History: 1975 c. 387
; 1977 c. 26
; 1981 c. 45
Reverse mortgage loans. 138.058(1)(a)
“Qualified lender" means a lender approved by the federal department of housing and urban development to enter into a loan insured by the federal government under 12 USC 1715z-20
“Reverse mortgage loan" means a loan, or an agreement to lend, which is secured by a first mortgage on the borrower's principal residence, is insured by the federal government under 12 USC 1715z-20
and requires repayment as specified in the loan agreement under any of the following conditions:
All the borrowers have sold the residence or conveyed title to the residence.
All the borrowers have moved permanently from the residence.
(2) Reverse mortgages permitted.
A qualified lender may enter into reverse mortgage loans.
(3) Treatment of reverse mortgage loan proceeds by public benefit programs. 138.058(3)(a)(a)
Reverse mortgage loan payments made to a borrower shall be treated as proceeds from a loan and not as income for the purpose of determining eligibility and benefits under means-tested programs of aid to individuals.
Undisbursed funds shall be treated as equity in a borrower's residence and not as proceeds from a loan for the purpose of determining eligibility and benefits under means-tested programs of aid to individuals.
This subsection applies to any law relating to payments, allowances, benefits or services provided on a means-tested basis by this state, including supplemental security income, low-income energy assistance, property tax deferral, medical assistance and general assistance.
History: 1993 a. 88
Effect of usury and penalties. 138.06(1)
All instruments, contracts or securities providing a rate of interest exceeding the rate allowed in s. 138.05
shall be valid and effectual to secure the repayment of the principal amount loaned in excess of $2,000; but no interest may be recovered thereon except upon bottomry and respondentia bonds and contracts.
Any lender or agent of a lender who violates s. 138.05
may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $500, or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both.
Any borrower who paid interest on a loan or forbearance at a rate greater than the rate allowed in s. 138.05
may personally or by personal representative recover in an action against the lender or personal representative the amount of interest, principal and charges paid on such loan or forbearance but not more than $2,000 of principal, if the action is brought within the time provided by s. 893.62
Any borrower to whom a lender or agent of a lender fails to provide the statement required in s. 138.05 (4)
with respect to a loan or forbearance may by himself or herself or his or her personal representative recover in an action against the lender or the lender's personal representative an amount equal to all interest and charges paid upon such loan or forbearance but not less than $50 plus reasonable attorney fees incurred in such action.
Notwithstanding subs. (1)
, if any violation of s. 138.05
is the result of an unintentional mistake which the lender or agent of the lender corrects upon demand, such unintentional violation shall not affect the enforceability of any provision of the loan contract as so corrected nor shall such violation subject the lender or the agent of the lender to any penalty or forfeiture specified in this section.
In connection with a sale of goods or services on credit or any forbearance arising therefrom prior to October 9, 1970, there shall be no allowance of penalties under this section for violation of s. 138.05
, except as to those transactions on which an action has been reduced to a final judgment as of May 12, 1972.
Notwithstanding sub. (6)
, a seller shall, with respect to a transaction described in sub. (6)
, refund or credit the amount of interest, to the extent it exceeds the rate permitted by s. 138.05 (1) (a)
, which was charged in violation of s. 138.05
and paid by a buyer since October 8, 1968, upon individual written demand therefor made on or before March 1, 1973, and signed by such buyer. A seller who fails within a reasonable time after such demand to make such refund or credit of excess interest shall be liable in an individual action in an amount equal to 3 times the amount thereof, together with reasonable attorney fees.
This section does not apply to a loan or forbearance made on or after November 1, 1981.
Class actions for the recovery of usurious interest charged by revolving credit plans are not precluded by (3). Mussallem v. Diners' Club, Inc. 69 Wis. 2d 437
, 230 N.W.2d 717
Sub. (6) is constitutional. 60 Atty. Gen. 198.
Licensed lenders. 138.09(1a)(1a)
This section does not apply to any of the following:
Banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, trust companies, credit unions, or any of their affiliates.
In this section, “division" means the division of banking.
Before any person may do business under this section, charge the interest authorized by sub. (7)
, or assess a finance charge on a consumer loan in excess of 18 percent per year, that person shall first obtain a license from the division. Applications for a license shall be in writing and upon forms provided for this purpose by the division. An applicant at the time of making an application shall pay to the division a nonrefundable $300 fee for investigating the application and a $500 annual license fee for the period terminating on the last day of the current calendar year. If the cost of the investigation exceeds $300, the applicant shall upon demand of the division pay to the division the amount by which the cost of the investigation exceeds the nonrefundable fee.
Except as provided in par. (c)
, an application under par. (a)
for a license shall contain the following:
If the applicant is an individual, the applicant's social security number.
If the applicant is not an individual, the applicant's federal employer identification number.
The division may not disclose any information received under subd. 1.
to any person except as follows:
The division may disclose information under subd. 1.
to the department of revenue for the sole purpose of requesting certifications under s. 73.0301
and to the department of workforce development for the sole purpose of requesting certifications under s. 108.227
The division may disclose information under subd. 1. a.
to the department of children and families in accordance with a memorandum of understanding under s. 49.857
If an applicant who is an individual does not have a social security number, the applicant, as a condition of applying for or applying to renew a license, shall submit a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation to the division that the applicant does not have a social security number. The form of the statement shall be prescribed by the department of children and families.
Notwithstanding sub. (3) (b)
, any license issued or renewed in reliance upon a false statement submitted by an applicant under subd. 1.
The division may also require the applicant to file with the division, and to maintain in force, a bond in which the applicant shall be the obligor, in a sum not to exceed $5,000 with one or more corporate sureties licensed to do business in Wisconsin, whose liability as such sureties shall not exceed the sum of $5,000 in the aggregate, to be approved by the division, and such bond shall run to the state of Wisconsin for the use of the state and of any person or persons who may have a cause of action against the obligor of the bond under the provisions of this section. Such bonds shall be conditioned that the obligor will conform to and abide by each and every provision of this section, and will pay to the state or to any person or persons any and all moneys that may become due or owing to the state or to such person or persons from the obligor under and by virtue of the provisions of this chapter.
Upon the filing of such application and the payment of such fee, the division shall investigate the relevant facts. Except as provided in par. (am)
, if the division shall find that the character and general fitness and the financial responsibility of the applicant, and the members thereof if the applicant is a partnership, limited liability company or association, and the officers and directors thereof if the applicant is a corporation, warrant the belief that the business will be operated in compliance with this section the division shall thereupon issue a license to said applicant to make loans in accordance with the provisions of this section. If the division shall not so find, the division shall deny such application.
The division may not issue a license under this section to an applicant if any of the following applies:
The department of revenue certifies under s. 73.0301
that the applicant is liable for delinquent taxes or the department of workforce development certifies under s. 108.227
that the applicant is liable for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions.
The applicant fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
and related to paternity or child support proceedings.
The applicant is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or former spouse, as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into under s. 49.857
Every license shall remain in force and effect until suspended or revoked in accordance with this section or surrendered by the licensee, and every licensee shall, on or before each December 10, pay to the division the annual license fee for the next succeeding calendar year.
Such license shall not be assignable and shall permit operation under it only at or from the location specified in the license at which location all loans shall be consummated, but this provision shall not prevent the licensee from making loans under this section which are not initiated or consummated by face to face contact away from the licensed location if permitted by the division in writing or by rule or at an auction sale conducted or clerked by a licensee.
A separate license shall be required for each place of business maintained by the licensee. Whenever a licensee shall change the address of its place of business to another location within the same city, village or town the licensee shall at once give written notice thereof to the division, which shall replace the original license with an amended license showing the new address, provided the location meets with the requirements of par. (e)
. No change in the place of business of a licensee to a different city, village or town shall be permitted under the same license.
Except as provided in subd. 2.
, a licensee may conduct, and permit others to conduct, at the location specified in its license, any one or more of the following businesses not subject to this section:
A business engaged in making loans for business or agricultural purposes or exceeding $25,000 in principal amount, except that all such loans having terms of 49 months or more are subject to sub. (7) (gm) 2.
A licensee may not sell merchandise or conduct other business at the location specified in the license unless written authorization is granted to the licensee by the division.
Every licensee shall make an annual report to the division for each calendar year on or before March 15 of the following year. The report shall include business transacted by the licensee under the provisions of this section and shall give all reasonable and relevant information that the division may require. The reports shall be made in the form and manner prescribed by the division. Any licensee operating under this section shall keep the records affecting loans made pursuant to this section separate and distinct from the records of any other business of the licensee.
The division for the purpose of discovering violations of this chapter may cause an investigation to be made of the business of the licensee transacted under this section, and shall cause an investigation to be made of convictions reported to the division by any district attorney for violation by a licensee of this chapter. The place of business, books of account, papers, records, safes and vaults of said licensee shall be open to inspection and examination by the division for the purpose of such investigation and the division may examine under oath all persons whose testimony the division may require relative to said investigation. The division may, upon notice to the licensee and reasonable opportunity to be heard, suspend or revoke such license after such hearing if any of the following applies:
The licensee has violated any provision of this chapter and if the division determines such violation justifies the suspension or revocation of the license.
Any fact or condition exists which, if it had existed at the time of the original application for such license, would have warranted the division in refusing to issue such license.
The licensee has failed to pay the annual licensee fee or to maintain in effect the bond, if any, required under sub. (2)
The division shall restrict or suspend a license under this section if, in the case of a licensee who is an individual, the licensee fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
and related to paternity or child support proceedings or is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or former spouse, as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into under s. 49.857
. A licensee whose license is restricted or suspended under this paragraph is entitled to a notice and hearing only as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into under s. 49.857
and is not entitled to a hearing under par. (a)
The division shall revoke a license under this section if the department of revenue certifies that the licensee is liable for delinquent taxes under s. 73.0301
or if the department of workforce development certifies that the licensee is liable for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions under s. 108.227
. A licensee whose license is revoked under this paragraph for delinquent taxes or unemployment insurance contributions is entitled to a hearing under s. 73.0301 (5) (a)
or 108.227 (5) (a)
, whichever is applicable, but is not entitled to a hearing under par. (a)
The cost of any investigation, examination, or hearing, including witness fees or any other expenses, conducted by the division under this section shall be paid by the licensee so examined within 30 days after demand therefor by the division, and the state may maintain an action for the recovery of such costs and expenses.
No licensee shall advertise, print, display, publish, distribute or broadcast or cause to be printed, displayed, published, distributed or broadcast in any manner any statement with regard to the rates, terms or conditions for the lending of money, credit, goods or things in action which is false or calculated to deceive. With respect to matters specifically governed by s. 423.301
, compliance with such section satisfies the requirements of this section.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, the licensee shall keep such books and records in the licensee's place of business as in the opinion of the division will enable the division to determine whether the provisions of this chapter are being observed. Every such licensee shall preserve the records of final entry used in such business, including cards used in the card system, if any, for a period of at least 2 years after the making of any loan recorded therein.
A licensee may keep the books and records specified in par. (a)
at a single location inside or outside of this state if the books and records are kept at a location licensed under this section. The licensee shall organize the books and records by the place of business where the records originated and shall keep the books and records separate from other records for business conducted at that location. Actual costs incurred by the division to examine books and records maintained outside of this state shall be paid by the licensee.
“Precomputed loan" means a loan in which the debt is expressed as a sum comprising the principal and the amount of interest computed in advance.
The amount paid to, received by or paid or payable for the account of the borrower; and
To the extent that payment is deferred: the amount actually paid or to be paid by the licensee for registration, certificate of title or license fees if not included in subd. 2. a.
; and additional charges permitted under this section.
A licensee may charge, contract for or receive a rate of interest for a loan or forbearance made prior to April 6, 1980, which does not exceed the greater of either of the following:
With respect to installment loans or forbearances which are repayable in substantially equal successive installments at approximately equal intervals, and where the principal does not exceed $3,000 excluding any interest authorized under this section, and where the scheduled maturity of the loan contract is not more than 36 months and 15 days from the date of making, interest may be deducted in advance at a rate not in excess of $9.50 per $100 per year on that part of the loan not exceeding $1,000 and $8 per $100 per year on any remainder. Interest shall be computed at the time the loan is made on the face amount of the contract for the full term of the contract, notwithstanding the requirement for installment repayments. The face amount of the loan contract or note may exceed $3,000 by the amount of interest deducted in advance. On contracts which are one year or any number of whole years, the charge shall be computed proportionately on even calendar months.
With respect to any loan of any amount, at a rate not to exceed 18 percent per year computed on the declining unpaid principal balances of the loan from time to time outstanding, calculated according to the actuarial method, but this does not limit or restrict the manner of contracting for the interest, whether by way of add-on, discount or otherwise, so long as the rate of interest does not exceed that permitted by this paragraph.