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Is there usury law applied when lending to a corporation in

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Is there usury law applied when lending to a corporation in Florida? I'm providing a short term loan to a friend's business for business needs and use.
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Florida usury laws do not apply to commercial loans. The usury laws apply to personal loans between individuals. Commercial loans are contractual and what the parties agree upon in contract.

The usury statute in Florida defines a borrower as a "person".

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi JudgeLaw,


Thanks for such a concise answer. To make sure I am clear, is there any law out there in FL that will regulate how I structure my loan and terms to this corporation? If so, what's the name of the law/regulation? Is there a maximum interest rate?



Thank you for following up. No, as far as usury is concerned, the borrower must be a person. Otherwise, as a commercial loan, the terms are whatever the parties agree.

For the purpose of usury, if there is a personal guaranty or other personal obligation on the borrower you are limited to 18% per annum in interest for loans up to $500,000.

As always, refer to local counsel to protect your rights in this matter before taking any action.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Is it a interest of 18% annually or can we calculate bi-annually? Does it regulate those details?

The statute state an 18% per annum, simple interest rate. So, a bi-annual calculation is not permitted.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

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