Late Payment Fees
Late payment fees are penalty charges when a lender determines a payment as being overdue.
What constitutes late and how much the fees are varies from lender to lender.
The details should be found in the facility letter of the mortgage the borrower originally signed on.
Sometimes, lenders even voluntarily overlook late payments without charging penalty fees on borrowers so as to retain a friendly relationship.
Late payment fees typically come in two types:
- Flat fee
- Percentage of payment
A flat fee is a fixed dollar amount charged to the borrower.
A percentage of payment means that the late fee will be calculated as a percentage of the payment amount being late.
For example, if a lender charges 5% and the late payment is for $1,000, then the late fee would be calculated by:
(5%/12) x $1,000 x number of periods being late
The above example assumes interest rates calculated on a monthly basis (12).
Be mindful that it can also be calculated on a daily basis. This depends on the type of credit facility and the terms of the agreement contract.
In that case, we would substitute 12 with 365.
Finally, when your payment is overdue, it is recommended that you settle it quickly by paying it off.
Homeowners are already paying a lot to finance their homes, it won’t make sense to pay more than you have to due carelessness and forgetfulness.
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