A look into New York Disclosure Regulation 

Commercial financing disclosure regulations require funders to share certain information to borrowers in commercial transactions. For instance, the APR, terms, and prepayment penalties. These regulations aim to promote transparency and protect borrowers in the financing process. The reasons for regulating commercial financing disclosures are to ensure that lenders fully inform borrowers about the terms and conditions of their financing. Additionally, to prevent funders from participating in unfair lending practices. By requiring funders to disclose key information upfront, commercial financing disclosure regulations help to level the playing field and promote fair and responsible practices. 

Compliance Preparation for NY Commercial Finance Disclosure Law and Regulation 

The state of New York implemented the Commercial Finance Disclosure Law in 2020, which mandates funders to provide written disclosures similar to the Truth in Lending Act for specific commercial financing offers. The Act required the Department of Financial Services to develop a regulation for it to become operative. On Feb. 1, 2023, the regulatory body adopted the final regulation after a lengthy rulemaking process, and it will require compliance with the regulation from Aug. 1, 2023. Providers affected by the regulation should begin preparing for compliance as early as possible. Given the details of the regulation.

The New York Commercial Finance Disclosure Law 

The New York Commercial Finance Disclosure Law (CFDL) requires certain providers of commercial financing up to $2,500,000 to offer standardized disclosures to potential borrowers at the time of financing offers. The final rules provide detailed guides on how to comply with the law. Including specific formatting requirements for financial disclosures and the parties to whom it applies. The law requires funders to provide the borrower with comprehensive information. For example, the total amount financed, total repayment amount, APR, and collateral requirements or security interests. Furthermore, the regulations specify category-specific rules for calculating the finance charge and APR and advise funders to exclude fees and charges that are not imposed as an incident of credit and can be avoided. To continue with the application process, providers must obtain the recipient’s signature on the disclosure. Equally important, the regulations provide further clarification on the signature requirements, including those for electronic signatures. 

Disclosure Requirement in New York 

In New York, commercial financing disclosure regulations refer to laws that require certain information to be disclosed to borrowers in commercial transactions.  

The key disclosure requirements for commercial financing in New York include: 

1. APR Disclosure: Lenders/funders must share the estimated annual percentage rate (APR) of the deal. Reflecting the total cost of borrowing over the life of the transaction, including fees. 

2. Financing Terms: Funders must reveal the terms, including the amount borrowed, the estimated APR, the repayment period, and any fees or penalties associated. 

3. Prepayment Penalties: The funder must disclose a prepayment penalty to the borrower in writing if the financing terms include one.

4. Security Interests: If the financing is secured by collateral, the funder must disclose the nature of the security interest and any potential consequences for the borrower if they default on the deal.

5. Borrower Rights: Funders must share the borrower’s rights under state and federal law. This includes the right to cancel the financing within a certain time and to dispute errors in the documents. 

These regulations apply to a variety of commercial financing transactions, including financing for real estate, equipment financing, and working capital. It’s important for borrowers to carefully review all deal documents and disclosures before signing. In summary, to ensure that they fully understand the terms and conditions.