Truth in Lending Act in Hawaii

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The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) found in 15 U.S.C.A. section 1601, et. seq. was enacted to “protect consumers and promote the ‘informed use of credit.'” Washington v Americquest Mortgage.Co., 2006 WL 1980201, *6 (N.D.Ill., 2006). As such, TILA requires creditors to conspiciously disclose certain terms and costs information prior to a credit transaction. Id. This information includes, but is not limited to, the annual percentage rate and “finance charge,” order of disclosures, and use of different terminology. 15 U.S.C.A. section 1632(a).

The Statute of Limitation on a TILA action is one year for closed ended credit cases pursuant to 15 U.S.C.A. section 1640. The exception to the one year statute of limitation is when the remedy sought is to enforce the right of rescission under 15 U.S.C.A. section 1635. 15 U.S.C section 1635 provides that in any consumer credit transaction in which a security interest is retained or acquired in any real property which is used as the residence of the person to whom credit is extended, the obligor has the right to rescind the transaction until midnight of the third business day following the consummation of the transaction or the delivery of the disclosures required by the Truth in Lending Act, whichever is later, by notifying the creditor of his intention to rescind. 15 U.S.C section 1635. 15 U.S.C section 1635 applies to loans on unimproved lots that are intended for recreational or residential use. Charnita, Inc. v. F. T. C., 479 F.2d 684, 686-87, (C.A.3, 1973).

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