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OCC Rent A Bank Rule Proposal Comment Letter 2020

January 21, 2020
Payday and Other Small Dollar Loans
Payday Loans
Comment Letter

The Center for Responsible Lending and the National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low income clients), as part of a coalition of consumer and civil rights groups wrote the comment letter included on this page, which details the groups' strong opposition to a proposed rule from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)’. The proposed rule would allow predatory non-bank lenders to launder their loans through banks to evade state interest rate caps. The proposal is outside the OCC’s statutory authority; it is not justified by any evidence of problematic impact on legitimate bank operations; and the OCC has failed to consider the strong likelihood that the proposal will unleash a torrent of predatory lending. The proposal will take away powers that states have had since the time of the American Revolution to protect their residents.