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Plain Language Project

Plain Language Contracts and Rules   The Plain Language Concept
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Contracts and Rules by Loan Type
˜ Secured installment loans (TX Fin Code §342.E)
˜ Signature loans (TX Fin Code §342.F)
˜ Home equity loans, second lien (TX Fin Code §342.G)
˜ Home improvement loans, second lien (TX Fin Code §342.G)
˜ Purchase money loans, second lien (TX Fin Code §342.G)
˜ Motor vehicle sales financing (TX Fin Code Chapter 348)
 

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What is plain language?

The term “plain language” describes reader-focused text that is easily understood by the average person. Converting a finance contract from traditional language to plain language means replacing the legalese with consumer-friendly words and phrases. “Consumers who enter into plain language contracts are in a much better position to make sound financial decisions,” notes Consumer Credit Commissioner Leslie Pettijohn.

Here's an example from the OCCC's new signature loan contract: If I break any of my promises in this document, you can demand that I immediately pay all that I owe. In contrast, the traditional version of that clause reads: Upon any such default, and at any time thereafter, Secured Party may declare the entire balance of the indebtedness secured hereby, plus any other sums owed hereunder, immediately due and payable without demand or notice, less any refund due, and Secured Party shall have all the remedies of the Uniform Commercial Code.

For more before-and-after comparisons, see the samples from our other contracts.


Filing Procedures

Licensees need to either use the contract models prepared for the loans they arrange or submit their own version of plain language contracts to the Consumer Credit Commissioner for review. Submission of these non-standard contracts is not required until the model contract provisions have been adopted by rule. To submit a non-standard plain language contract for review, please send an electronic copy (in Microsoft Word preferably) via e-mail or on disk to 2601 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78705. Note: your contract submittal needs to be accompanied by a submission form (available as a PDF). If you have already sent in your contracts for review but did not include a submission form, please complete and return a form to us as soon as possible.


Adopted Contracts and Rules

Signature Loans (TFC §342.F)

Secured Consumer Installment Loans (TFC §342.E)
Second Lien Home Equity Loans (TFC §342.G)
Second Lien Purchase Money Loans (TFC §342.G) Second Lien Home Improvement Contracts (TFC §342.G)
Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Contract (TFC §348)

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