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A friend needed 20,000 to finish a house flip and drew up an

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Hi a friend needed 20,000 to finish a house flip and drew up an agreement that stated he would pay 750.00 interest and the loan would be paid in 30 days.....if it was not paid the interest would be 1000.00 for each and every 30 days.....with a 5000.00 penalty added in not paid within 60 days.
He drew up the contract and is now saying that the interest rate is illegal...! He drew up the contract.....
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. In order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please.

1. What state was the contract created in?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I found that there are no usury laws in Indiana and since he drew up the agreement it should not matter how much the interest is.....right? He offered me the agreement ,so if it is illegal he would be at fault and he works in the real estate business
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 year ago.

Good evening,

Thanks for the information.

He is not correct.

While a penalty is considered as interest in determining whether an interest rate violates a state Usury law, because Indiana is one of two states that has no usury laws on the books, the penalty is legally enforceable.

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